Picking a Combined Chile & Germany XI Ahead of the Confederations Cup Final

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Chile and Germany will contest the final of the 2017 Confederations Cup in Saint Petersburg on Saturday evening after beating Portugal and Mexico respectively in the last four.

Ahead of next year’s World Cup, this game promises to decide the unofficial short-term ‘champions of the world’ after the competition brought together continental kings from all over the planet alongside the hosts and the existing World Cup holders.

Here’s a look at a hypothetical combined XI…

1. GK – Claudio Bravo (Chile)

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After a dismal club season with Manchester City, Claudio Bravo was Chile’s hero once more in the semi-final after saving all three Portugal penalties in the shootout.

The skipper saved penalties in the shootouts that won Chile each of the last two Copa America finals since 2015. He’ll be hoping to carry that form on at club level and fight for his place.

2. DF – Joshua Kimmich (Germany)

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Joshua Kimmich has filled the Philipp Lahm role for Germany and has even taken on the captain’s armband when usual skipper Julian Draxler has not been on the pitch.

The sky is very much the limit for the versatile 22-year-old and he could well prove to be a crucial player for Bayern Munich next season after largely skirting the fringes in 2016/17.

3. DF – Gonzalo Jara (Chile)

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Known to English fans for his spells with West Brom, Brighton and Nottingham Forest, Gonzalo Jara has been a key part of Chile’s international success in recent years.

The 31-year-old defender now has over 100 caps for his country and has been playing his club football back in Santiago with Universidad de Chile since 2016.

4. DF – Matthias Ginter (Germany)

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Mexico were arguably the better side in the second half of Germany’s semi-final win, but Matthias Ginter always seemed to be in the right place at the right to block or clear the ball.

At club level, the 23-year-old enjoyed his best season to date with Borussia Dortmund in 2016/17 after playing more games year on year and is set for a bigger role again in the future.

5. DF – Jean Beausejour (Chile)

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Much like Jara, Jean Beausejour is another veteran Chilean defender who enjoyed a spell in England, even winning the League Cup with Birmingham and later the FA Cup with Wigan.

These days, the 34-year-old left back is playing his club football back home with Universidad de Chile, where Jara is a colleague, and is still as important as ever for the national team.

6. MF – Leon Goretzka (Germany)

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It was two early semi-final goals from Schalke’s Leon Goretzka, a player already linked with a big summer move, that essentially booked Germany’s place in the showdown with Chile.

The 22-year-old midfielder is the tournament’s joint top scorer as a result after netting what proved to be the decisive goal against Australia during the group stage.

7. MF – Arturo Vidal (Chile)

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Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal is Chile’s beating heart and is likely to be familiar with a number of his German opponents in the final after facing them in the Bundesliga at club level.

Vidal was almost the semi-final hero in the closing stages of extra-time against Portugal when he struck the post, but he then stepped up to smash home the first penalty in the shootout.

8. MF – Charles Aranguiz (Chile)

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Less high profile than Vidal, Charles Aranguiz is another Chilean who plays his club football in Germany after joining Bayer Leverkusen from Brazilian side Internacional in 2015.

He shone at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and was a key member of both Copa America winning teams in the two summers that followed. He won’t shy away from getting stuck in.

9. MF – Julian Draxler (Germany)

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Julian Draxler was named Germany captain ahead of the tournament as the most experienced player in what is a very young and largely experimental squad.

The 23-year-old appears to have thrived in the role and leads by example rather than shouting out instructions. He is one of three in the squad that was part of the 2014 World Cup group.

10. FW – Alexis Sanchez (Chile)

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Fresh off the back of his best individual club season to date, Alexis Sanchez could well end the summer with a big money move as his Arsenal future remains up in the air.

It was a similar set of circumstances that saw him join the Gunners in the first place in 2014, with an uncertain club future followed by an impressive display at an international tournament.

11. FW – Timo Werner (Gemany)

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Alongside team-mate Goretzka, RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is the only other player to have scored three goals in the competition so far.

He netted Germany’s third in the semi-final against Mexico that really killed the game as a contest, having already previously scored twice in a 3-1 group stage win over Cameroon.

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