For years Real Madrid’s domination of the Madrid derby meant the fixture lost an element of its gravitas. But now, after Atlético Madrid rose under Diego Simeone, few fixtures in world football are as enthralling.
Passion, entertainment, hostility: El Derbi Madrileño has the lot. Not to mention several of the world’s finest players, from the goalkeepers right the way through to the attack.
So when it came to picking our combined XI for the fixture, it certainly wasn’t easy and several household names – many of them Champions League winners – failed to make the cut.
Let us know if you agree or disagree with our side by tweeting us at @FB_Whispers. And be sure to inform us who should’ve been included that wasn’t in our starting XI.