Spanish Supercup: Picking the Best Barcelona XI to Face Real Madrid

Spanish Supercup: Picking the Best Barcelona XI to Face Real Madrid

The biggest names, the biggest game, and a silverware at the end of the epic two-legged Spanish Super Cup in the making. Let's see how Barcelona could line up for this season's first Clasico. 

Goalkeeper

  • Ter Stegen
    Ter Stegen1

This one's an automatic selection. As good as Jasper Cillessen is, Ter Stegen would most definitely get the nod ahead of the Dutchman. 

Defence

  • Vidal
    Vidal22
  • Piqué
    Piqué3
  • Umtiti
    Umtiti23
  • Jordi Alba
    Jordi Alba18

Aleix Vidal will take charge of the right in place of makeshift right-back Sergi Roberto. Pique and Mascherano have paired up plenty of times in the past, but Samuel Umititi has really made the centre of Barcelona's defence, his second home. 


Umtiti was Barcelona's most efficient defender last season, and this year, too, he will definitely be Ernesto Valverde's first choice alongside Pique. Jordi Alba to start on the left, in the hope of containing Gareth Bale's blistering pace. 

Midfield

  • Iniesta
    Iniesta8
  • Busquets
    Busquets5
  • Rakitic
    Rakitic4

Ex-coach Luis Enrique preferred to put Andre Gomes and Sergio Busquets together, and more often than not, it backfired. Barcelona lacked creativity, which finally turned out be the decisive factor as they conceded the title to Real Madrid. 


This season onwards, we expect a change in Barcelona's midfield proceedings. Busquets would take his place in the middle and he most certainly would have more creative alternatives to compliment him. Iniesta and Rakitic to partner up, in the hope of breaking Madrid's resilience. 

Forwards

  • Messi
    Messi10
  • Suárez
    Suárez9
  • Deulofeu
    Deulofeu16

Neymar's departure paves way for the U-21 captain, Gerard Deulofeu to make a name for himself. Naturally a right winger, Deulofeu also excels in playing on the left. His blistering pace could come in handy against Madrid's adventurous right-back, Carvajal.


Luis Suarez, as expected, will lead the attack for Barcelona. It's been a productive pre-season for the Uruguayan, and the first Clasico of the season will be perfect for him to flex his muscles. 


Lionel Messi will once again be the one player to watch out for. Real Madrid managed to snatch the league title last term, but Messi's injury time winner and the audacious celebration at the Santiago Bernabeu wasn't very easy to swallow for the Madridistas. Camp Nou will be hoping for another brilliant game from their majestic Argentine.