Combined XI as four Barca stars sneak in


Real Madrid and Barcelona once again go head-to-head in one of the most anticipated derbies of the season on Sunday.

While the sides have seen their fortunes this season differ, the rivalry remains undimmed and there is always plenty of intensity to games between the pair.

But who would make a combined XI from the two sides? 101 take a look.

GK: Thibaut Courtois

While the form of Marc Andre Ter-Stagen has been up and down this season, Courtois has been consistent for Los Blancosand put up an impressive showing in the Champions League tie against Paris Saint Germain, which his side eventually went on to win.

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 21: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois of Real Madrid and Tete of Shakhtar Donetsk battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group B stage match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on October 21, 2020 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Alejandro Rios/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Thibaut Courtois and Tetê of Shakhtar Donetsk battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group B stage match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano on October 21, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alejandro Rios/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Still only 29 years old and contracted to Real for another 4 years, the Belgian has saved his side almost 3 goals a season in since he joined the club, according to FB.Ref.

RB: Dani Carvajal

The full-back spots were the hardest to fill, with neither side boasting brilliant options and Carvajal himself is never guaranteed a start under Carlo Ancelotti. But, of the options, Dani Alves remains past his best despite his renaissance, while Lucas Vasquez is not a conventional right back.

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Gerard Pique of Barcelona battles with Daniel Carvajal of Real Madrid during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 23, 2017 in Madrid, Spain

When fit, Carvajal is one of the best full-backs in the world. But he can never seem to stay fit.

CB: Ronald Araujo

While off the pitch Araujo’s contract situation continues to dominate the headlines, on the pitch Araujo is becoming a key cornerstone of Barcelona’s rebuild.

The Uruguayan is still only 23 years old, but has been a rock in the Blaugrana’s defence, making 21 appearances for Barcelona in the League this season. Should Barca be able to keep hold of the youngster, he could save them a lot of money going forwards.

CB: Eder Militao

David Alaba has slotted seamlessly into the role of Sergio Ramos in Ancelotti’s defence, but it is Eder Militao who has caught the eye this season after struggling to live up to his price tag last campaign.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Combined XI

SANTIAGO, CHILE – SEPTEMBER 02: Neymar Jr., Eder Militão and Gabriel Barbosa of Brazil line up before a match between Chile and Brazil as part of South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022 at Estadio Monumental David Arellano on September 02, 2021 in Santiago, Chile . (Photo by Claudio Reyes – Pool/Getty Images)

The Brazilian has risen to the occasion in the absence of Raphael Varane, who has struggled since leaving the Santiago Bernabeu, and has missed just two games for the side from the Spanish capital.

LB: Jordi Alba

Another that only just edged out his opposite number, Jordi Alba has seemingly been around forever. Still only 32 years old, Alba has impressed in an underperforming Barcelona side, providing 7 La Liga assists as well as grabbing himself a goal too.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Combined XI

Jordi Alba of FC Barcelona controls the ball whilst under pressure from Helibelton Palacios of Elche CF during the LaLiga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Elche CF at Camp Nou on December 18, 2021 in Barcelona, ​​Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

While it is unclear just how much longer he can continue at the very top level, for now he is still excelling for the Blaugrana.

DM: Casemiro

Sergio Busquets is still going strong in the center of Barcelona’s midfield, but it is Casemiro who takes this position in our side as he continues to excel in an ageing midfield.

Shielding the Real Madrid defence, it is his hard work that allows the front five to focus on attacking, and his ability that perhaps compensates for some of the weaknesses when it comes to energy in Ancelotti’s midfield.

CM: Pedri

Pedri has quickly turned into a bargain since joining the club from Las Palmas, and at just 19 he has already racked up nearly 70 senior appearances for Barcelona.

A hamstring injury has reduced his game time to just 9 La Liga appearances so far this campaign, but now firmly back in the side, he has begun to showcase his prodigious talents once more.

CM: Luka Modric

Still pulling the strings for Real Madrid’s midfield, Luka Modric is not the player he once was but is still capable of leading his side to victory, as he did in the Champions League win over Paris Saint Germain.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Combined XI

Luka Modric of Real Madrid celebrates goal 1-2 during the La Liga Santander match between Real Madrid v Elche at the Santiago Bernaubeu on January 23, 2022 in Madrid Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Now 36 years old, he will surely be phased out of the Los Blancos side in the next couple of seasons. For now, however, he remains top class.

RW: Ferran Torres

Torres has already settled into the Barcelona side with ease since his big money January move from Manchester City, with three goals and 2 assists to his name in 7 La Liga outings.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Combined XI

BARCELONA, SPAIN – JANUARY 03: Ferran Torres of FC Barcelona in action during a training session at Camp Nou on January 03, 2022 in Barcelona, ​​Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Already a starter for Spain, at just 22 years old Torres has a bright future ahead of him should he continue to improve at his current rate. With the likes of Ansu Fati, Gavi and Nico also making names for themselves in claret and blue, it is an exciting young core Xavi has been blessed with.

ST: Karim Benzema

Even though he is set to miss this clash, there is no absence of Benzema from this side. The Frenchman has been in imperious form for Real Madrid season upon season, and has already netted 22 goals and provided 11 assists in just 25 La Liga outings.

For all the talk of Kylian Mbappe potentially joining in the summer, it is Benzema that continues to impress in the Spanish capital.

LW: Vinicius Junior

Like his compatriot Militao, Vinicius had flattered to deceive following a big-money move to the Bernabeu ahead of this season. However, he has burst into life this season, and is beginning to fulfil the potential that persuaded Real Madrid to bring him to Spain from Brazil.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Combined XI

Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal during the La Liga Santander match between Elche CF and Real Madrid CF at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero on October 30, 2021 in Elche, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde Colomer/Getty Images)

Striking up a brilliant relationship with Benzema, the 21-year-old has contributed to 23 goals (14 goals, 9 assists) in 26 La Liga games, which has propelled him into the spotlight as one of the most exciting talents in world football.

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