FC Barcelona is unbeaten in all competitions so far this season. This is thanks to the quality of players whom coach Ernesto Valverde increased on the bench. They cover up the injured ones with good performances. Real Madrid also brought back players from their respective loan spells and signed others to strengthen their squad. Though, one might think that these players deserve more game time, here’s a combined Real Madrid and FC Barcelona bench XI.
Jasper Cillessen signed for FC Barcelona last season, drawing out excitement in Catalonia. The fans believed he would provide great competition for Marc Andre Ter-Stegen. But he only made 10 appearances for Barcelona last season. This season, the former Borussia Mönchengladbach shot-stopper has kept 9 clean sheets in the 15 games that he has played.
Achraf Hakimi footballer has played six fixtures this season. The Moroccan teenager is the only backup that Zidane has for Dani Carvajal. He also has to compete with Nacho for a regular role in Real Madrid’s first team.
Jesus Vallejo Lazaro is known for his ability to read the game and many experts regard him as the future of Real Madrid defense. Currently, he is foreseen to put in a shift for Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, and Frenchman, Raphael Varane whenever needed.
Thomas Vermaelen has been cut short by a series of injuries he faced at regular intervals. Having missed approximately a year (358 days) owing to these injury concerns. he has now a hip injury which already has kept him out of a couple of games. The 31-year-old defender can still be a decent performer if he can consistently stay fit.
With his crossing and tackling abilities, Lucas Digne failed to outfox Jordi Alba in the Barcelona squad. He has looked sharp and much more confident than he was in his previous season. He already has one goal and one assist to his name, equaling his tally of last season.
Marcos Llorente is another talented player advancing from the youth system of Real Madrid. But despite his prowess, he will struggle to make frequent appearances in the Madrid’s starting eleven due to the presence of Casemiro and Toni Kroos.
Denis Suarez returned to FC Barcelona last year. The Spaniard has been a part of 9 of Barcelona’s fixtures this season and has shown his versatility by playing on the left wing in seven of those.
Dani Ceballos scored twice on his full debut for Real Madrid against La Liga side, Alavés. In the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, Ceballos was outstanding for Spain. He bagged the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award.
In the 55 appearances that Turan has made for Barcelona, he was on the scoresheet on 15 occasions. The 30-year-old can still be expected to find his top form once he gets consistent opportunities to play and avoid getting injured.
2. Right Wing -Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid)
Lucas Vázquez took part in 50 of Real Madrid’s fixtures last season, but 30 appearances among those came as a substitute for him. Due to the emergence of Marco Asensio, Vasquez is supposed to get less game in comparison to his last season.
Due to the struggle of Luis Suarez in front of goal this season, Valverde gave Alcácer a rare start against Sevilla, last weekend. The Spanish forward scored both of his sides goals and outshone his striker partner, Luis Suarez.