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Chelsea/Barcelona Best XI: How Mourinho fairs against Barca’s ‘worst team’

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Ok Jose, I’ll bite.

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The outspoken Chelsea boss has hit the headlines recently with his ill-advised attack on Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, and now he has stoked the fires ahead of Barcelona’s Champions League second round tie against Manchester City by claiming the Spanish giants are currently at their weakest point for ‘many years’,

“Of course by history Barcelona is the favourite, but this Barcelona, this season, is showing that it is not the same in previous years,” Mourinho told ITV,

“Of course, they have [Lionel] Messi – he is special – and they have more than him. But I think this is the worst Barcelona of many, many years.”

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While it’s true to say that Barcelona have been outshone of late by Bayern Munich in Europe, and have faced increased La Liga competition in the form of a resurgent Atletico Madrid, but is the state of affairs in Catalonia really as dire as Mourinho says?

Soccerlens have mocked up a combined first XI of Chelsea and Barcelona players in a bid to prove whether Jose is entitled to stick his neck out this far:

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Defence:

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Petr Cech earns the first spot up for grabs, but its a tight one, with Victor Valdes matching Cech for clean sheets this season as well as putting in a number of impressive displays.

Jordi Alba‘s recent absence from the Barca side through injury doesn’t stop him from securing the left back role. Such is the brilliance of the former Valencia man, it would be wrong to overlook him. Cesar Azpilicueta has performed well this season, ousting the ever-present Ashley Cole, but the Chelsea man has some way to go yet to reach Alba’s level.

Gerard Pique and John Terry slide into the heart of the defence, with the duo exceptional so far this season.

Branislav Ivanovic’s recent heroics for Chelsea sees him snatch the right-back slot away from Dani Alves.

Midfield:

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All three of Barcelona’s midfield trio make it into the combined XI, with Chelsea still in the beta stage of forming their own central partnerships.

Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets have been superb over the years, and this campaign holds no exceptions. Cesc Fabregas comes the closest to claiming a spot, such has been the form of the former Arsenal captain, but the tried and tested triumvirate remain.

Attack:

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Eden Hazard’s stunning form sees him comfortably come in on the left, while Chilean attacker Alexis Sanchez has an excellent 17 goals and 11 assists from 35 games so far, and takes up his position on the right. It is tough to leave our Neymar however…

Who else but Lionel Messi up top, despite the injuries sustained this year. No argument from Chelsea’s misfiring strike-force? Thought not.

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While Barcelona have lost some of their fear factor in light of Bayern’s omnipotence, it is clear that they are still a force to be reckoned with. Premier League leaders Chelsea manage only four players in the above eleven, while Barca roll in with seven.

Perhaps all that Tata Martino’s side need is one more colossal performance on the biggest stage.

Bring on Manchester City!

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What do you think? Agree with my lineup? Let me know in the comments below…

Comments (10)

  1. Neymar on the left in place of Hazzard – and hazzard replace sanches.

  2. I’d have been tempted to fiddle around with the formation so as to get both Neymar and Hazard in – Oscar in for Xavi? Agree otherwise.

  3. Cahill is far better than Pique. And Fabregas should be in the team ahead of Xavi.

  4. you are been sentimental, the whole of d chelsea defence is far more better than dat of barcelona, cahil is far better than pique… As for d midfield oscar or fabregas should come in for xavi who has’nt played 2 his best ability dis season, the attack is quite ok

  5. You’re missing the point. Mourinho is saying that this Barcelona team is the worst Barcelona team in years, not that Chelsea can beat them. In typical Mourinho fashion, he would probably say that Chelsea would be underdogs if they were to play Barcelona. He doesn’t even think Chelsea have the best team in the Premiership.

    Regarding Barcelona, without any significant moves in the transfer market, the team is essentially the same team as last year, but a year older. With half of the starting 11 age 29+, a year older is a year slower. Also, those that are younger have missed games due to injury (Alba, Messi, Neymar). He’s essentially saying that last year’s Barcelona team would easily beat this year’s which you have to agree with.

    • You see you are entailed to hate with passion but to this extent is regarded too much. True that Morinho’s game is never the best, he always play like underdog but what does this make him? He always wins it and celebrates it with passion too never to forget. To me he is the best in whatever he does. Unlike most coches he does it with all his best and when he fails it he will always feel the game. Besides he has more cups than Wenga can hundle.

  6. Cahill is beta dan Piqué.

    Oscar >> Xavi den d Lineup is ok.

  7. david luis for terry, neymar for alexis……. and maybe put oscar for serigo and pull him forewords by intesta, or even put faberegas for serigo better than chelsea’s dm options but fabregas would suit a little more nicely there

  8. despite barca not playing with a striker yet none of our strikers get to the list mheen, well, i will put cahill in place of pique and neymar in place of sanchez

  9. Is xabi still in this team? Bring on cesc in place of xabi and cahil for pique