LaLiga 2018-19, Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Combined XI
The latest edition of the decorated Madrid Derby will be on display at the Metropolitano on Saturday.
Having endured a topsy-turvy start to their season, Real Madrid looks to have finally hit their straps.
The Los Blancos have stitched a run of good results and came away with an admirable 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou in the Copa Del Rey on Wednesday.
Their cross-town rivals meanwhile, had enjoyed a decent start to 2019 before a defeat away to Real Betis last weekend dented their chase of Barcelona at the perch of the table.
At the moment, only a couple of points separate the eternal rivals and a win for either would substantially tilt the bragging rights in their favour, considering that the last four league games have ended in stalemates.
With the match promising to be an absolute cracker, one can’t help but wonder how a dream XI comprising of players from both halves of Madrid would look like.
The manager of our team would be Diego Simeone and we have gone in for a 4-3-3 formation.
Without further ado, here is a look at the combined XI:
(The players considered are those that are expected to play a part in the game on Saturday. Hence, players like Saul, Koke and Diego Costa have been ignored.)
Goalkeeper: Jan Oblak
Of all the slots on offer, the goalkeeping spot was the toughest to zero in on. While the Los Blancos can boast of the commanding Courtois in goal, the Los Rojiblancos possess the outstanding Oblak.
The aforementioned keepers are extremely safe options and can be genuine match-winners. Yet, in the end, we have gone for Oblak, due to the all-round composure he brings to the table.
Oblak has kept 11 clean sheets in 22 games, which is three more than the shut-outs Courtois has accumulated over the course of the season.
Blessed with the reflexes of a cat, Oblak has specialised in pulling off last-ditch saves to keep his team in the game. In addition, the Slovakian is calm under crosses and rarely flaps at high-balls.
However, the aspect which gives him the edge over Courtois is his ball-playing ability. The Slovakian is a lot more accomplished on the ball and would provide another dimension to the team.
Though Courtois and Oblak are arguably two of the better keepers in the world, we, unfortunately, had to choose one of the two and in the end, the latter got the nod.