Picking a Combined XI of Barcelona & Juventus Stars Ahead of Tuesday's Intriguing CL Clash

Barcelona and Juventus are among the most prestigious and feared clubs in the world; these two giants of European football will do battle this Tuesday evening in both sides' opening Champions League game of the season. 


Both teams boast an incredible amount of talent, but imagine what it might look like if you merged the sides - here is a combined XI made up of Barcelona and Juventus superstars...

1. GK: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will go down as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of world football. The Italy number 1 has won countless titles including the World Cup in 2006. 


At the age of 39, Buffon's experience is invaluable; this experience combined with his sharp reflexes and excellent distribution means he is still one of the best keepers in today's game. 

2. CB: Gerard Pique (Barcelona)

Gerard Pique is a three time Champions League winner; the Spanish centre-back has also claimed six La Liga titles and a World Cup in his illustrious career. 


Pique has been one of the first names on Barcelona's team-sheet for just under a decade now and having achieved so much at the age of 30, the former Manchester United defender still has plenty to offer one of Europe's elite sides. 

3. CB: Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona)

Samuel Umtiti has earned a reputation as one of the most promising centre-backs in world football. Barcelona signed Umtiti following his Euro 2016 campaign with France where he made his international debut in the quarter-finals of the competition. 


Since joining Barcelona, Umtiti has forged a fantastic understanding with follow centre-back Gerard Pique and as a result has manged to wrestle a starting berth off Javier Mascherano. At the age of just 23 the former Lyon man could very well develop into one of the best defenders in world football. 

4. CB: Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)

Giorgio Chiellini has been at Juventus for 12 years and has made over 350 appearances for the Old Lady in a glittering career with the Serie A side. 


The Italian centre-back has won six Serie A titles during his time in Turin and following the departure of Leonardo Bonucci to domestic rivals AC Milan in the 2017 summer transfer window, Chiellini will be more important than ever to Juventus' success. 

5. CM: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)

Sergio Busquets has been at Barcelona for over a decade and in that time he has made a named for himself as one of the best defensive minded central midfielders in world football. 


The Spanish midfielder has won it all during his phenomenal career, including six La Liga tiles, three Champions Leagues and a World Cup to name just a few.


At the age of 29 Busquets is still a vital part of Barcelona's team and it would be no surprise to see him playing at the Camp Nou for many seasons to come. 


6. CM: Miralem Pjanic (Juventus)

Miralem Pjanic has become one of the first names on the Juventus team-sheet since his arrival from Serie A rivals Roma in the summer of 2016. The Bosnian international was agonisingly close to helping Juventus win the treble in his first season in Turin. 


Following domestic league and cup success, Juventus were beaten by Real Madrid in the Champions League final. However, Pjanic was named in the Champions League Team of the Season and the midfielder will be hoping he can help Juventus go one better this campaign.  

7. RM: Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona)

Ousmane Dembele spent one season at Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund before Barcelona signed him for an eye-watering £135m. Dembele is now the second most expensive player of all time and will be tasked with replacing Neymar at the Camp Nou. 


Dembele is a pacey and skillful winger that has many tricks in his arsenal. The Frenchman is expected to grow into a world-class player in the next few seasons. 

8. LM: Douglas Costa (Juventus)

Douglas Costa joined Juventus this summer from Bayern Munich on a loan deal with an option to buy.  The Brazilian winger is known for adding pace and flair to whatever side he is playing for and has earned 20+ Brazil caps already in his career.


During his two seasons in Germany Costa helped Bayern win back-to-back Bundesliga titles; the 26-year-old winger will be hoping to add to his trophy cabinet during his time with Juventus. 


 

9. FW: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Lionel Messi has achieved everything possible with Barcelona since he burst onto the scene in 2004. The 30 year-old has won eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues to name just a few of the many trophies he has lifted with the club. 


The Argentina captain is a five time Ballon d'Or winner and arguably the greatest player world football has ever seen. 

10. FW: Paulo Dybala (Juventus)

Paulo Dybala has started this season in fine form; the Argentine has scored five goals in three Serie A games so far this campaign. Dybala joined Juventus for a fee of £35m in the summer of 2015 and has since developed into an integral part of the Old Lady's team. 


The former Palermo man has been tipped to be a future Ballon d'Or winner and with Dybala still only 23-years old, he has plenty of time to achieve football's greatest individual award. 

11. FW: Luis Suarez (Barcelona)

Luis Suarez is one of the most feared strikers in world football. The Uruguayan has helped Barcelona win two La Liga titles and a Champions League in his three seasons with the Spanish giants. 


Suarez has put a string of biting incidents behind him since arriving in Catalonia and now the former Liverpool man is at the peak of his powers. 

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