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Real Madrid vs Barcelona 4-3-3 combined XI, ft. Pedri, Benzema, Dembele



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The biggest fixture of the La Liga calendar will go down later tonight, as Real Madrid lock horns with arch-rivals Barcelona in the El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu.

One of the most awaited clashes of the club football calendar, the Clasico might not be the same without the presence of two global superstars in Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. 

But there is still plenty of star attraction on display for the fans, with top-quality footballers scattered across the pitch for both teams.

Ahead of this huge clash of the heavyweights, we take a look at the best possible combined lineup comprising the best players from either team based on form.

Thibaut Courtois has to be the undisputed starter in goal ahead of Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who has had an inconsistent campaign so far.

The defence is also dominated by the presence of Real Madrid players, considering that they have conceded the second-least number of goals in the league this season, only behind Sevilla.

Dani Carvajal thus gets the nod over both Dani Alves and Sergino Dest in the right-back slot. 

Even though both Gerard Pique and Ronald Araujo have performed well recently, the centre-back pairing of Eder Militao and David Alaba has been near faultless this campaign and gets selected in our combined lineup.

The left-back slot, however, sees the entry of the first Barcelona player in this XI, with Jordi Alba making the cut ahead of Ferland Mendy and Marcelo, owing to his much superior form and contributions.

11 goal contributions this season for Alba. (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images)

The midfield department is where it gets interesting, considering the abundance of quality players in the area. The likes of Frenkie de Jong, Gavi, Nico Gonzalez from Barcelona and Toni Kroos, Federico Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga of Real Madrid have all made crucial contributions to their team’s cause.

But Luka Modric has just been too immense at every step of the way and becomes a shoo-in into the team. The same goes for Barcelona captain Sergio Busquets, who is enjoying a renaissance under Xavi Hernandez, due to which he edges out Casemiro at the base of the three-man midfield unit.

The final slot in the middle of the park goes to Barça teenage sensation Pedri, who has easily been one of the best performing midfielders in the whole of Europe in the past month or so.

Moving into the attacking department, there is again so much quality across both teams, making it hard to pick just three players.

Karim Benzema might be injured and will miss the El Clasico, but he is the leading goalscorer in La Liga this term and is an easy pick in the centre-forward role.

Vinicius Junior is enjoying the best season of his career and is an obvious selection on the left flank ahead of Ferran Torres.

On the right, Adama Traore and Marco Asensio have been impressive for Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively. But the explosive form Ousmane Dembele has shown in recent matches, despite his uncertain future, warrants a selection in the attacking trident of our combined lineup.

Vinicius · Benzema · Dembele
Pedri · Busquets · Modric
Alba · Alaba · Militao · Carvajal

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