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Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid - 5 players who would be perfect for the other team

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The Madrid derby is one of the biggest derbies in the world
The Madrid derby is one of the biggest derbies in the world

There is no doubt that the Madrid derby is considered to be one of the biggest and most famous derbies on planet earth. In the past few seasons, Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid have both faced-off in the UEFA Champions League final, on two different occasions-- something which highlights the quality of both sides.

Atlético have often been in Real's shadow. But since Diego Simeone was appointed as manager back in 2011, he led a revolution which restored balance between the two giants. His most notable achievement was winning the Spanish league in 2014, bringing an end to the two-horse race status that Real Madrid and Barcelona had imposed on La Liga.

Ahead of the Madrid derby, we take a look at 5 players who have the potential to be the perfect fit for the other team.

#5 Jab Oblak

England v Slovenia - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier
Jan Oblak in action against England in a FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier

Atlético Madrid have been known for their defensive resilience for quite a while now. Their defensive organization is one of the main reasons for their solidity. But in any case, Jan Oblak is always present to produce some miraculous saves in order to save Atléti during the tensest moments.

As a matter of fact, Atlético Madrid are the second best defence in Spain this season, having conceded merely six goals - that's two more than Barcelona and three less than Real Madrid.

Keylor Navas might have shown his quality for Real in many games, helping them win everything there is but the 30-year old tends to commit the odd mistake that very often prove to be costly.

Oblak, 24, is seen as a great shot-stopper but is also superior in terms of ball-playing abilities. One of Navas' main weaknesses is that he is always looking to randomly clear the ball as soon as he receives it, as he loses his composure very quickly.

Oblak is probably among the best 5 goalkeepers in the world, whereas Navas is arguably not even in the top 10. So is the Slovenian a direct improvement over the Costa Rican? No doubt.


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