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Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Combined XI

Modified 07 Feb 2015, 15:40 IST
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When Real Madrid travel to the Vicente Calderon on Saturday, they will be aware of the fact that a win might be enough to see off their fierce rivals as title contenders this season. On the other hand, should Atletico, who haven't lost to Real in any of their meetings this season, win, it would blow the title race wide open and move them to within four points of the leaders.With such a fascinating tie in the prospect, who will make it into a combined XI featuring both sides? Will it be a Real dominated squad? Will the unfancied Atletico players get a look in?Here is how a combined XI from the two sides will look on current form and fitness.The team will line-up in a 4-3-3 formation  

#1 Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas

Although neither team has goalkeepers who can be called world-class at the moment, Casillas is certainly the pick of the bunch. After the World Cup he had, it was a surprise that Carlo Ancelotti kept faith with the Spanish no.1.

But the man they call "Saint Iker" has shown this season that merits his place in the side and that is why he gets the nod over Miguel Angel Moya. Even amidst rumours that Real are planning to replace him in the summer, the 33-year-old has stayed strong and shown that his reflexes still remain intact, even if he is prone to the odd clanger. 

While Moya has been good for Atletico, of late, Oblak has been given chances, so although Moya is still the first choice keeper, his selection was hurt by the fact that Casillas has been very consistent.

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Published 06 Feb 2015, 21:10 IST
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