The football battle in the middle of the park determines the outcome of the game. Over ninety minutes, the midfield who have successfully nullified their opposition have practically guaranteed a victory, hence making it vital to have the perfect duo to do the business. But just who can boast about having two of the best men for the job?
Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere have already started to make waves at the Emirates but until both are fully fit and raring to go from the start, there still needs to be a learning curve. Manchester City’s David Silva and Yaya Toure possess the perfect skills to complement one another but an inability to transform that partnership into Europe in two successive seasons means there’s still work to do.
Xabi Alonso and Mesut Özil have created an ideal understanding at Real Madrid and you could argue Barcelona’s Xavi and Iniesta already hold the crown. Their telepathic connection means all other competition is blown out of the water. But you’d be wrong.