Champions League 2016/17: Juventus vs Barcelona Combined XI
Juve or Barca - which club sees more players picked in the combined XI?
Juventus take on Barcelona in what is a repeat of the 2014/15 Champions League final on Tuesday night. The two teams have come a long way since then and the match remains one of the highlights of the quarter-final stages. The Old Lady comfortably beat Porto to qualify while the Spanish giants had to mount the most epic European comeback of all time to reach this stage.
But if we were to make a team of the best players from both teams, who would make the lineup? We look at a combined XI of players from both Juve and Barca.
This was a bit of a tough one Juventus have kept more clean sheets in the Champions League than Barcelona – the Italian side have kept a clean sheet in six of their last eight matches (Buffon played in seven of them).
While that has a lot more to do with the defence than just the goalkeepers, Gianluigi Buffon has looked a lot more assured compared to the vulnerable Marc-Andre ter Stegen in Barcelona’s goal.
The veteran 39-year-old Italian goalkeeper is yet to win the Champions League – the only major trophy missing from his already impressive cabinet – having finished on the losing side in the final in 2003 and 2015.
Ter Stegen may be a Champions League winner but we’re going with Buffon for his performances this season.