Chelsea vs Barcelona: homegrown players XI
Barcelona host Chelsea in the Champions League return leg on Wednesday night with some star names ready to shine again. However, how both sides could look should they start only their homegrown players?
Note: A homegrown player should have trained in that country for three years between 15 and 21. The best formation for both teams would be 4-3-3.
Goalkeeper: Marcin Bulka (Chelsea/Poland)
Neither Barca nor Chelsea have a homegrown keeper. Bulka has only played in the UEFA Youth League.
Right back: Sergi Roberto (Barcelona/Spain)
Roberto can create from all the angles. He is famous for his winner in the spectacular PSG comeback.
Centre back: Andreas Christensen (Chelsea/Denmark)
Christensen's mistake led to Barcelona's only goal in the first leg. Still, he will have a lot to prove at the Camp Nou.
Centre back: Gerard Pique (Barcelona/Spain)
With a World Cup glory to his name, Pique is one of the best defenders in football.
Left back: Jordi Alba (Barcelona/Spain)
Alba is capable of running down his whole flank. He is involved in attack even more than in defence.
Central midfielder: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea/Spain)
Fabregas is a product of Barcelona academy, an Arsenal [former] legend and currently a Chelsea star.
Defensive midfielder: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona/Spain)
Unlike Kante, Busquets is not chasing the ball, he is winning it back.
Central midfielder: Andres Iniesta (Barcelona/Spain)
Simply the greatest midfielder ever famous for his vision and passion ability. Also scored a winner in the 2010 World Cup final.
Right winger: Victor Moses (Chelsea/Nigeria)
It's difficult to find a homegrown player in both teams who would be capable to occupy this position. Anyway, there is always Moses who can finally prove himself at Chelsea after series of loans.
Striker: Paco Alcacer (Barcelona/Spain)
Similar to Moses, Alcacer is the only homegrown central forward in both to be suitable for this role. Quite a task, right?
Left winger: Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina)
Let's be honest, Messi could be put in any place up front. He can be everywhere. Right now his role is a mix between a striker and a false nine.