Chelsea and Bayern Munich combined XI
FootyOn writers pick out a mouthwatering Chelsea and Bayern Munich combined XI of current stars, as the two teams prepare to battle in pre-season at Singapore’s National Stadium.
The Bavarians (6/5 favourites in 90 minutes with Sky Bet) are playing their third match of the 2017 International Champions Cup, and hoping for their first win after losing to Arsenal on penalties and then being thrashed 4-0 by big spenders AC Milan.
Antonio Conte’s men (11/5 with betway), meanwhile, are taking part in their first fixture, so their preparations are behind the Bundesliga big boys.
Some players from both sides are missing through injury or lack of fitness, but we’ve picked out a Chelsea and Bayern Munich combined XI nevertheless.
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Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
Neuer is likely to be injured for this clash, as he’s still nursing a foot injury, but gets into our team being arguably the best keeper in the world.
Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtois is not quite up to the German’s standard yet.
Centre back: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
One of Chelsea’s key men last term was Spain defender Azpilicueta, who was converted to centre half after previously being switched from right to left full back.
The Basque Country native was an ever-present for the Blues, helping them to the Premier League trophy.
Centre back: Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich)
Hummels takes our sweeper position, being the only natural centre half in our back three.
The World Cup winner has established himself as one of the best defenders in the world for the last few years.
Centre back: David Alaba (Bayern Munich)
Versatile Austria star Alaba can play in a number positions in defence and midfield, but was used as a centre back in a third of his appearances last season – and not being on the losing side for any of those 11.
His ball-playing attributes would make him a huge asset in this Chelsea and Bayern Munich combined XI.
Right wing back: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
Kimmich is another who can be used in a number of areas on the pitch, and shone brightly for Germany at the recent 2017 Confederations Cup in the right wing back position.
The 22-year-old scored an impressive nine goals for Bayern last season too.
Centre midfield: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
It’s no surprise that recent PFA Players’ Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year Kante gets into this team.
His unselfish and tenacious style was a huge help for the Blues, as he became the first person to win successive English top-flight titles with different teams since Eric Cantona.
Centre midfield: Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich)
Partnering Kante in the centre of our Chelsea and Bayern Munich combined XI is the more attacking Vidal.
The Chilean managed nine goals and four assists in all competitions for Bayern last term.
Left wing back: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)
Alonso is the reason why we’ve put Alaba at centre half, as the Spaniard had a fine debut season for Chelsea at left wing back in 2016/17.
The former Fiorentina, Real Madrid and Bolton Wanderers man impressively scored six times and set up a further three in just the Premier League.
Attacking midfield: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
After a very poor 2015/16 season by his standards, Hazard well and truly returned to form last term with 16 PL goals.
He was heavily linked with a switch to Real Madrid this summer, but rumours have simmered down after the Belgium superstar suffered an injury.
Attacking midfield: James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich)
On-loan Real Madrid attacker James has his chance to rekindle his career, after stalling somewhat at the Bernabeu.
There is no doubting he has talent, and will be a key player for Bayern this coming season.
Striker: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
With just one striker position up for grabs in our Chelsea and Bayern Munich combined XI, there is little debate in putting Lewandowski in the team.
With 43 goals in 2016/17, he gets in ahead of Chelsea’s Spain duo Alvaro Morata and wantaway Diego Costa.