La Liga table toppers Atletico Madrid will have the chance to extend their lead to 5 points as they will be in action against Barcelona at Camp Nou in a Saturday night weekend fixture. On the other hand, Ronald Koeman’s men will be looking to top the table by collecting the valuable three points.
The Catalan giants will come into this game-winning 3-2 against Valencia last weekend. Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid will come into this game after a narrow 1-0 victory against Elche last weekend.
Both the teams will look forward to the match as it will be one of the important fixtures in deciding who will win the title this season.
Here we will pick out the combined XI of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid based on the player’s overall performances in the league this season.
Combined XI of Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid:
We would be picking out the line-up with a 3-4-3 formation since both club’s midfield has been better than the other side of the pitch.
Manager: Diego Simeone
His reputation precedes him over Ronald Koeman and has an impressive CV. He could be the only manager to be able to field such an XI and make the system work. He is the key to Atletico Madrid’s recent success.
Goalkeeper: Jan Oblak
Tough one to choose but Jan Oblack edges past the German international Andre Ter Stegen. Oblak is having a great season with Atletico as he has been a wall in the goal with 17 clean sheets in 34 matches.
Defenders: Stefan Savic, Felipe, and Clement Lenglet
Stefan Savic and Felipe, the center-back pairing has been formidable and is clear winners over Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti who are going through a bad phase this season.
Stefan Savic has 65.8% tackle won whereas Felipe has won 54.5% tackle, with each of them winning more than 100 duels this season.
Clement Lenglet gets the nod ahead over the pair because of his regular good performances this season. He has 57.1% tackles won. He has been a wall in Barcelona’s defense in Pique’s absence.
Wingbacks: Jordi Alba and Marcos Llorente
Jordi Alba has been a prominent figure on the left side of Barcelona for many years now. The Brazilian continues to do so this season, his versatility of playing as left-back and left-wing-back can impress any manager.
Atletico has been looking for reliability this season, and Marcos Llorente has proved his worth this season. He has scored 12 goals and provided 10 assists this season.
Midfield: Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets
Frenkie de Jong has been a great asset since his joining. He has played all the matches for Barcelona while scoring 3 goals and providing 4 assists in the league this season.
Sergio Busquets has been a mainstay in the midfield for Barcelona for more than 10 years. This season he has helped the team with his defensive role as a midfielder to support the Barcelona backline while also providing 4 assists.
Forwards: Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez, and Lionel Messi
Griezmann’s recent performances make him a clear choice in the right-wing over Joao Felix. The Frenchman has scored 12 goals and provided 7 assists to help Barcelona stay in the title race.
Barcelona lacks a striker in the team this season, which makes Luis Suarez a perfect no.9 for the combined eleven. He has been a hit at Atletico since his transfer this season. He is also among the top four goalscorers with his 19 goals tally.
No player in both teams can fill the right-wing position other than Lionel Messi. The Argentine is the top scorer in the league with 28 goals and he also has his name in the top three in assists having provided 9 assists so far this season.