Real Madrid v Juventus combined XI

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With just one goal separating Real Madrid and Juventus ahead of their Champions League semi-final second leg, both sides will fancy their chances of making the final.

Real Madrid are looking to become the first team to successfully defend their Champions League crown and only the second team to make consecutive finals.

On the other hand, Juventus are looking to reach their first final since 2003 where they were beaten by an AC Milan side on penalties managed by Carlo Ancelotti.

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With Barcelona now confirmed for the showpiece event in Berlin next month, will it be an El Clasico clash of the titans, or can Juve upset the odds and restore themselves as a European superpower?

Both squads have an array of immense talent but how can you possibly choose a combined XI? It's amazing to think some players don't make the cut but this is the list we have gone for.

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Gianluigi Buffon

Position: Goalkeeper

Age: 37

Height: 6'3

Appearances: 531

Clean Sheets: 248 (in Serie A)

Buffon and Casillas are two of the greatest goalkeepers over the past 20 years. Both have had numerous successes at club and international level after lifting the World Cup for their respective countries.

For me, consistency is vital for a goalkeeper and that is why Buffon gets the nod. Even at the age of 37, the Italian looks as good as ever and who knows how much longer he will continue between the sticks.

He holds the record for most clean sheets in Serie A with 248 and also for Italy with 60. He will need to be at his best to keep out Madrid's firepower.

Stephan Lichtsteiner

Position: Right Back

Age: 31

Height: 6'0

Appearances: 147

Goals: 13

Tough call once again but I've gone for Lichtsteiner over Dani Carvajal. Both are traditional full-backs in the modern game by bombing down the wings and supporting the forward players but also put in a solid shift at the back. The Swiss defender has vast experience under his belt and that's the main reason for his inclusion.

Giorgio Chiellini

Position: Centre Back

Age: 30

Height: 6'1

Appearances: 287

Goals: 22

Probably one of the most talented defenders over the last decade. Chiellini has come up against some of the most lethal strikers the game has seen but remained solid and consistently helped Juventus pull through.

I'm not disputing what a great defender Pepe is but when it comes down to reliability the Italian would always be the preferred choice. Not only has he been solid at the back but also gets amongst the goals and is a real target man from set pieces.

Raphaël Varane

Position: Centre Back

Age: 22

Height: 6'3

Appearances: 114

Goals: 6

To compliment Chiellini's experience comes one of, if not the, most promising young defenders in the game at the moment. At the tender age of 22, Varane has already achieved a lot of success in his career and could go on to be one of the greatest defenders to ever play for Los Blancos.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has spoken very highly of the French defender after working with him during his time at Madrid and could potentially do everything in his power to be reunited in the near future.


Position: Left Back

Age: 26

Height: 5'8

Appearances: 317

Goals: 21

One of the most improved players for Real Madrid this season. He often comes under stick for his defensive qualities, particularly in last year's World Cup, but this season the Brazilian has been very consistent. 

After signing for Madrid in 2006, Marcelo is one of the squad's longest serving players and will need to replicate his performance in last year's Champions League final if Madrid are to get there again.

Andrea Pirlo

Position: Centre Midfield

Age: 35

Height: 5'10

Appearances: 159

Goals: 19

The coolest man in football, no question. After winning the Champions League with AC Milan, the veteran is now looking for success with Juventus and will be crucial if they are to make this year's final.

Great passing and a dead ball specialist with a lot of swag. Composure is all part of Pirlo's forte and despite 10 years with Milan some argue he is playing some of his best football now. Like a fine wine, Pirlo has only got better with age. 

Paul Pogba

Position: Centre Midfield

Age: 22

Height: 6'2

Appearances: 123

Goals: 24

One of the hotest prospects in world football at the moment. Some say letting him go from Manchester United was the biggest mistake Sir Alex Ferguson ever made in his long career.

His goal-scoring ability and long range screamers have made him one of the most popular midfielders in the world. There was absolutely no chance he wouldn't make this team and with his long-term future at Juventus looking bleak, who knows where he will be next season?


Position: Attacking Midfield

Age: 23

Height: 5'9

Appearances: 104

Goals: 17

This was a very difficult decision. With players such as Luka Modric, Arturo Vidal and Toni Kroos still available it's very unfortunate that none of them made it into the team. But a place at the summit of this midfield goes to Isco, and who could imagine how dangerous a partnership with Pogba could be?

The young Spaniard has arguably been one of Madrid's best players this season and is one of the first names on Ancelotti's team sheet. Great vision, passing, eye for goal and the ability to turn a game on its head are the reasons why he made the cut.

Gareth Bale

Position: Left Winger

Age: 25

Height: 6'0

Appearances: 90

Goals: 39

The Welshman has come in for a lot of stick this season and has struggled to match the form he produced in his first year. Yet despite Madrid having a better win record without Bale, I don't think it is possible to exclude him.

It's always difficult when you're jeered by your own fans and trying to justify an £85m price tag but his blistering pace and goal-scoring touch will come back and that is the reason why he makes the team.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Position: Right Winger

Age: 30

Height: 6'1

Appearances: 297

Goals: 306

There is simply no way you can leave Ronaldo off this list. The never-ending battle with Lionel Messi on who is truly the greatest player in the world shows no signs of letting up and Ronaldo will have a personal eye for goal as he is currently one behind the Argentinian in the all-time scorer in the competition at 77. 

Ronaldo was part of the Manchester United side that were the closest to defending the trophy, he scored in the 2008 final triumph over Chelsea but fell at the final hurdle when the Red Devils lost to Barcelona 12 months later.

Can he go one better this time around and set up a final feud with Messi?

Carlos Tevez

Position: Centre Forward

Age: 31

Height: 5'8

Appearances: 92

Goals: 50

This one had me scratching my head of a while but I decided to go with Tevez ahead of Kaeim Benzema.

The Argentinean has had a controversial career to say the least, from his bizarre transfer to West Ham, to refusing to warm up as a substitute for Manchester City, to missing the World Cup with Argentina because he wanted to go to Disney Land with his family. 

Now it finally seems like Tevez has found a club where he has settled down and is playing his best football. His goal-scoring form this season has been incredible with 29 goals in 44 games and is one of the most under-rated strikers in Europe at the moment.

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