Atletico Madrid host local rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final on Tuesday evening in a repeat of last season’s final.
Los Blancos won that game less than an year ago, but have since been unable to beat Atleti on the six occasions they have faced them. This will give Diego Simeone’s side hope that they can avenge that final defeat.
However, if this combined XI is anything to go by, the Rojiblancos will be up against a team with higher quality players though. They are outnumbered 7-4 in this side.
Should they have any other players in the joint team?
GK) Iker Casillas, Real Madrid
Although the Spain international is not the player he once was, Atletico have been forced to use three keepers this season through injuries. If Keylor Navas played more for the Galacticos, he could well make it in to this side.
RB) Juanfran, Atletico Madrid
The 30-year-old has forced his way in to the Spanish national team with his performances over the last two years, and is one of the best full-backs in world football.
LB) Marcelo, Real Madrid
Not the best when forced to defend, but there aren’t many defenders who are as good as the Brazilian at going forward.
CB) Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid
One of the top La Liga centre-backs, even though he has to put up with playing alongside Pepe every week.
CB) Diego Godin, Atletico Madrid
The Uruguayan is one of Simeone’s best ever signings. A rock at the back.
CM) Luka Modric, Real Madrid
In a team of Galacticos, the 29-year-old’s quiet passing game is perhaps the biggest influence.
CM) Toni Kroos, Real Madrid
Despite their hard work and defensive nous, no Atleti players have the same quality as the World Cup winner.
CAM) Koke, Atletico Madrid
Although he usually plays on the left hand side for the Rojiblancos, the Spain international is also perfectly suited to a role behind the strikers.
LW) Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid
51 goals in all competitions this season. Enough said.
RW) Gareth Bale, Real Madrid
It has apparently been a bad season for the Welshman. Most players would probably take the abuse if it meant getting 17 goals and eight assists.
ST) Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid
No space for Karim Benzema, as the top scorer in La Liga outside of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is available to take his place. He has 18 goals, three more than the Frenchman.
Edited By :- Shuvam Kumar