MARCA polls World Cup dream XI: Chelsea star, Liverpool target feature

Eden Hazard and Xherdan Shaqiri join stars from Barcelona and Bayern Munich in a poll over 60,000 people responded to.

The stars of the World Cup group stage, as voted by 60,000 users on a MARCA poll, are predominantly from South America - with only three European players making the Dream Team XI.

There is Chelsea interest as Eden Hazard represents the Blues on the left flank, Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland plays in an extremely-attack minded midfield, while goal-scoring German Thomas Muller plays up front in a three-man strike line.

Guillermo Ochoa, Rafael Marquez, Thiago Silva and Diego Godin constitute the goalkeeper and three-man defensive shield, Colombia star James Rodriguez sits next to Shaqiri, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado mirrors Hazard on the opposite flank while Lionel Messi and Neymar battle it out for individual goals up front with Muller.


Godin   Thiago Silva   Marquez

Shaqiri   Rodriguez

Cuadrado                           Hazard

Neymar   Messi   Muller

Interestingly, there is no room for France superstar Karim Benzema, but considering the goal-scoring exploits of the three men who were voted in by consensus, there perhaps can be no complaints.

But what about full-backs… often the stars of tournament football? Daley Blind has been exquisite for the Netherlands and Serge Aurier has, to date, been adept on the right for Cote d'Ivoire. Chilean monster Arturo Vidal has won praise for his midfield displays, while Toni Kroos' competence in the pass has not gone unnoticed on the world stage.

Balance, in this team, would be an issue.

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