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

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

Zinedine Zidane's men have already bagged the first trophy of the season, beating Manchester United in the UEFA Supercup. Now the Los Blancos' focus shifts to domestic dominance, and their arch rival Barcelona. 


Having won 12 Spanish Supercups, Barcelona are by far the most successful team in the competition. Real Madrid, on the other hand, haven't contested in the competition since 2014 with their last win coming in 2012. 


Cristiano Ronaldo is announced fit to feature at the Camp Nou, but is seemingly still not at his best yet. According to sources, we could see Bale and Benzema lead the attack and Ronaldo could feature in the second half. Luka Modric is suspended, thanks to the red card he picked up against Atletico Madrid back in 2014, opening up an extra slot in the middle.


Zidane has plenty of options to choose from, and here, we try to figure out how the Champions League holders could line up against Barcelona.   

Goalkeeper

  • Navas
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Keylor Navas to keep his place in goal. Zinedine Zidane has instilled his faith in the Costa Rican goalkeeper and is sure to start the new season's curtain raiser.

Defence

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  • S. Ramos
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  • Varane
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  • Marcelo
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Pepe's departure has paved way for Raphael Varane as the automatic first choice at the heart of the Madrid defence. He had a near perfect game against Manchester United and would be hoping for more of the same against Madrid's fiercest rivals. 


Sergio Ramos looks reliable as ever against some of the biggest teams, but against Barcelona, he's always a bit of a wild card. He scored the all-important equaliser at the Camp Nou and got himself sent off at the Santiago Bernabeu, costing Madrid three crucial points. But expecting him to sit out in a match against Barcelona is simply blasphemous.


Carvajal and Marcelo, arguably the two best fullbacks in the world, would provide width and sublime crosses into the box. 

Midfield

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  • Casemiro
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  • Kroos
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  • Kovacic
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Modric has been Madrid's go-to man in the middle. But the card he picked up against Atletico Madrid three years ago, would keep him out of the first leg of the Spanish Supercopa. We could, once again, see the successful midfield diamond in full swing, with Isco sitting at the top of the tree.


Casemiro, as always, will provide defensive cover. Kroos and Kovacic will pair up in the middle, with the German reprising his role as the metronome. Kovacic will use his pace to burst forward on plenty of occasions and could play a crucial role in splitting Barcelona's defence. 

Forwards

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  • Bale
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Cristiano Ronaldo has only been training with the squad for a week now, and achieving optimum fitness is almost impossible in that short period of time. So, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale will be ready to pick themselves up where they left off against Manchester United. 


Gareth Bale's pace has always been his biggest asset and providing him even an inch of space can prove to be deadly for Barcelona. His link-up with Karim Benzema has improved significantly, as the Frenchman manages to make himself available almost instantaneously.


Much has been said about Karim Benzema's goal scoring drought, but against Barcelona, he's always managed to put on a great show. And with Cristiano Ronaldo missing, he could turn out to be Madrid's most important player.