Brazil vs Argentina: Who makes Futaa's best combined XI?
Brazil vs Argentina: Who makes Futaa's best combined XI?
General

Brazil vs Argentina: Who makes Futaa's best combined XI?

Two South American giants stand toe to toe tonight but one must fall as Brazil faces Argentina in the Copa America semifinal. Will Selecao make home advantage count?

Until then, we've compiled our best combined XI from these two great sides.

 

 

Goalkeeper

Alisson starred for ​Liverpool on his debut season in the Premier League, winning the Golden Glove award for the most clean sheets in the division and lifting the Champions League title. He's not yet conceded a goal in the Copa America and if he keeps another clean sheet here, Brazil has every chance of reaching their first final since 2007.

 

 

Defence

Vastly-experienced Dani Alves is the new seleção skipper. 110 caps for Brazil and countless trophies around Europe have seen to it that Alves will be remembered as one of the finest right backs in history. Marquinhos and his more senior PSG teammate Thiago Silva have forged a formidable understanding at club level and that has shone through when the pair have donned the yellow of Brazil. At 34, Silva is the old man of the backline but he still oozes class and composure. 

 

 

Argentine left back Nicolás Tagliafico has developed into a top-level fullback with a knack for scoring goals. He's fresh off a season where Ajax won the Eredivisie and reached the semifinals of the Champions League. 

Midfield

Four-time Champions League winner Casemiro has developed into one of the planet's most well-respected defensive midfielders. Playing alongside Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, he has tasted continental glory for Real Madrid, and he'll be hoping to do the same for Brazil on home soil in 2019.   

 

 

Joining him at the base of midfield is yet another PSG man in the shape of Argentine Leandro Paredes. The talented ball-player has started all four of Brazil's games at the Copa so far and might find himself becoming a regular at club level too after PSG let go of Adrien Rabiot. 

The attacking trident of players behind a sole striker contains two household names and another breakout star.  Gremio attacker Everton Soares has attracted interest from Europe with his displays at Copa America, so watch out for him on Brazil's left flank. 

 

 

On the right, Manchester City's new number 9 Gabriel Jesus will be wearing the same jersey number tonight for his country, a team for which he is the major goal threat.  

Lionel Messi has never tasted success with his country, but the great man will be desperate to put that right behind enemy lines in 2019 and he will be the fulcrum of Argentina's attack against Brazil. In this combined XI, he's the classic number 10 just behind the front man. 

 

 

Attack

Sergio Agüero is one of the most clinical strikers in world football, producing brilliant numbers season upon season for so long. Last season he tasted domestic treble success with Manchester City, but can he deliver in the blue and white hoops tonight? 

 

 

Read more: Brazil vs Argentina - full match preview of the big Copa America semifinal

💬 Comment on this story

futaa