Juventus vs Atletico Madrid: Our combined superstar XI
Juventus vs Atletico Madrid: Our combined superstar XI
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Juventus vs Atletico Madrid: Our combined superstar XI

Two of the finest defensive teams in Europe come head to head tonight as Juventus aim to overturn a 2-0 deficit in the Champions League against Atletico Madrid.

We've combined the best players from each and created a team that will prove the cliche that "defence wins you matches."

Juventus vs Atletico Madrid combined XI

Jan Oblak's incredible record of 112 clean sheets in 197 appearances for Atletico Madrid since his debut means that he gets the gloves. The Slovenian is one of the finest goalkeepers on the planet.

Atleti's Juanfran gets the nod on the right side of defence because of the balance that he will bring to the team, although he might have to play on the left tonight because of injuries to regular left-backs Lucas Hernandez and Filipe Luis. There is no doubt that Uruguayan youngster Jose Gimenez, scorer of a crucial goal in the first leg, will go on to become one of the best defenders in the world. However, we've opted for his compatriot and clubmate Diego Godin because of his brilliant consistency down the years, alongside Juventus veteran Giorgio Chiellini. These are two of the best defenders of the last decade slugging it out. At left back, Juve's Brazilian Alex Sandro is selected for his marauding style and ability to provide width. 

The midfield unit is a compact and hard-working one, but it doesn't lack talent and creativity. Paulo Dybala is accommodated on the right, instead of in his favoured number 10 position, because of his creativity, goal-scoring ability and desire to drop short, knit the play together and work for the team. Atletico's Koke is unlucky to miss out here, but there's no shame in that. In the centre, it's Juve playmaker Miralem Pjanic who can dictate the tempo of a game, alongside Saul, a box to box midfielder with a knack of getting goals in big games for Atletico. Out wide, the versatile and underrated World Cup winner and Juventus key man Blaise Matuidi adds further balance and energy to the side. 

Superstar duo Antoine Griezmann and Cristiano Ronaldo are obvious inclusions up front. One's collected World Cup winner's medal and the other has five Champions League crowns to his name. Can he add a fifth?

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