Goalkeeper: Marc-Andre ter Stegen
Put on the comparison scale, Ter Stegen is rated higher than Kepa Arrizabalaga in many aspects. The German goalkeeper has affirmed the number 1 position in Barcelona’s wooden frame for many years. Despite his unimpressive performance from the beginning of the season, Ter Stegen is still considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Right back: Joao Cancelo
The Portuguese rookie has made a strong impression since joining Barcelona on loan from Man City. Cancelo adds necessary creative qualities to the attacking play style of the Nou Camp team.
Dani Carvajal is a competitor to Cancelo. The Spanish veteran has played impressively this season. However, in terms of age and ability to reach out; Cancelo is rated higher than Carvajal.
Center back: Ronald Araujo
The Uruguayan star firmly affirmed his position in the Barcelona squad. Araujo brings strength and fighting ability to the home team’s defense. Araujo possesses many outstanding strengths: calm when holding the ball, excellent in the air, impressive in 1-on-1 situations.
“I am ready to take on responsibility as both a full-back and a central defender. Obviously, I feel most comfortable playing in the center of defense,” Araujo shared.
Center back: Antonio Rudiger
With the duo Eder Militao and David Alaba both sidelined by injury, Rudiger became the top choice with coach Carlo Ancelotti in the central defender position. The German star has impressive passing and one-on-one ability.
Left back: Alejandro Balde
The 20-year-old star is considered a valuable gem of Barcelona. Balde gradually proved his ability, affirming his role as the number 1 left-back for the home team at Nou Camp.
Xavi Hernandez allows his students to often advance high, combining with Joao Felix to create a powerful attacking drill for Barcelona.
Midfielder: Aurelien Tchouameni
Tchouameni plays an important role in Real Madrid’s midfield. The French player operates in position number 6, actively pressing, recovering the ball, and ready to shoot from long range when necessary. Tchouameni deserves to be in the combined squad compared to Oriol Romeu on Barcelona’s side.
In the context of the duo Pedri and Frenkie de Jong being sidelined, Gavi will be present in the combined squad. At the age of 19, Gavi is considered the future of Barcelona’s midfield. A promising young talent.
Guardian: Jude Bellingham
The English midfielder flourished in the Real Madrid shirt. Belingham certainly occupies a starting position in the Los Blancos squad. The former Borussia Dortmund star brings balance and creativity to the home team’s playing style.
This season, Bellingham has 8 goals and 2 assists after 767 minutes on the field in La Liga. Bellingham had a performance that exceeded the expectations of the fans.
Right striker: Lamine Yamal
Yamal is one of the bright young elements of Barcelona currently. In the context that Raphinha has not yet recovered, Yamal is likely to take a starting position against Real Madrid.
Besides Yamal, two other options worth considering are Rodrygo and Federico Valverde. However, Yamal is considered somewhat better.
Left striker: Vinicius Jr
The Brazilian star brings to Real Madrid situations on the edge, overlapping with speed, dexterity, and formidable damage. Barcelona’s defense system needs to be especially careful with Vinicius.
Center forward: Robert Lewandowski
Xavi confirmed to the press that Lewandowski is capable of playing after recovering from injury. “I don’t give any suggestions about the lineup. Lewandowski is fine,” said the Spanish captain.
The return of the Polish star is very necessary for Barcelona’s current attack. Lewandowski is the top number 9 in La Liga at the moment.
Mr. Nguyen | 12:17 October 28, 2023