The beautiful city of Milan is all set to host the Champions League final. The two Madrid teams are set to lock horns in a hunt for European glory.
Diego Simeone looks all set for revenge as his side was denied their first Champions League title by Real Madrid back in 2013/14.
The journey so far for both teams has been a hard fought one. Real Madrid turning a 2-0 deficit against Wolfsburg into a 3-2 win, thanks to a hat trick from star man, Cristiano Ronaldo.
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On the other hand, there is Atletico, who’ve bettered both Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Both games were full of passion and high in terms of intensity.
With both teams set to rock the stage at San Siro, let us create a combined XI featuring the best from two teams.
Goalkeeper - Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)
The last line of defense for Atletico has done a fantastic job this season between the sticks. His best was indeed the penalty save in the semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich.
Right-Back – Juanfran (Atletico Madrid)
The 31-year-old is a true fighter. He is true team player making crucial contributions on the field. He looked solid against the likes of Neymar and Franck Ribery, which played a key role in terms of qualification.
Centre-Back - Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)
What a few seasons Diego Godin has had for Atletico Madrid. He's improved drastically in the past few years and the Uruguayan would be a certainty in most teams over Europe. He will have a big job on his hands keeping 'BBC' quiet, but he's certainly talented enough to do so.
Centre-Back - Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
The loyal son of Real’s royal family. Ramos is the perfect blend of experience and aggression. His famous equalizer in the Champion League final goes down as one of the finest in history.
Left-Back - Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid)
From Madrid hit to Chelsea flop and Madrid hit again, the Brazilian is among the best in the business. Defensively solid and brave while attacking, the 30-year-old is indeed one of Simeone’s main men.
Centre Midfield - Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
The Croatian is the lynchpin in Real’s midfield. Pulling the strings, he knows the art of dictating the pace of the game. His game awareness is unmatched as he holds the key for Real Madrid.
Centre Midfield - Koke (Atletico Madrid)
Koke has been a crucial member of Simeone's side. His presence in the heart of the midfield is crucial for the La Liga giants and his role will be vital during the final. Koke will have to stamp his mark on the game and try his best to diminish the influence of Modric and Kroos.
Central Attacking Midfield - Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
The French wonder is now labeled as the third best player in the world as his goal scoring and creating ability has put him right up there with the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Griezmann scored the all-important away goal at Allianz Arena to book a place in the final. Can he do it again on the grandest stage of them all?
Right Forward - Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
The Welshman looks in fine form as he has rescued several points for his side in La Liga.
With pace to burn, Bale also possesses the ability to score long range screamers. Will this be his second Champions League triumph in Spain in three years?
Left Forward - Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
The goal scoring machine and three-time Balon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo has his sight set on Champions League glory one more time.
He leads the way for Real Madrid against a stubborn Atletico side. Who will win this battle of ultimate pressure?
Centre Forward - Fernando Torres (Atletico Madrid)
The Atletico legend just makes the cut ahead of Karim Benzema.
Torres has contributed massively to Atletico’s success so far. His away goal against Barca and his imperative assist in the second leg against Bayern has played a huge role in the journey up to this stage. Can he deliver with one more moment of magic and re-write Atletico’s history?
Do YOU agree with this combined Champions League XI? If not, what would be YOURS?