Picking an Opening-Day, Best-on-Paper La Liga XI

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Picking an Opening-Day, Best-on-Paper La Liga XI
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La Liga returns this weekend with a cast list more star-studded than ever following a close season of frantic transfer activity on both sides of the El Clasico divide.

Both Real Madrid and Barcelona have been in the market for some of world football's most recognisable players, while Atletico Madrid will hope that they have at least done enough to replace their departed stars and continue to challenge at the top of the division.

Picking a best XI from such a league is not easy, with so many names worthy of consideration. The attacking 3-4-3 formation of our side highlights the difficulty in including star names at the expense of natural balance.

Who, then, makes our team at this stage of the league season?

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