Building the Best Combined XI Ahead of Big Derby

This weekend, all eyes will be on the San Siro stadium for the most anticipated match of the tournament football, Camilan “host” Inter at the beginning Madonnina derby this season. In the last two campaigns, the importance of this event increased even more with the two giants fighting for Scudetto nickname. On top of that, this showdown will see some of Serie A’s top stars share the same stadium. But what if we hypothetically merge the two teams into one common formation. Which stars will make the cut? Here is the best line-up between Milan and Inter.

Goalkeeper: Mike Minnian (AC Milan)

First of all, let’s give some credit to Samir Handanovic who still holds his starting position at the age of 38, despite the recent arrival of Andre Onana. However, even his staunch supporters must admit that the best days of Slovenes are now gone.

On the other hand, Mike Minnian is a rising star in the goalkeeper world, and he has already established himself as the best goalkeeper in Serie A last season.

Right-back: Denzel Dumfries (Inter)

During the early stages of last season, David Calabria was having his best time, delivering one vibrant show after another, while Denzel Dumfries struggled for consistency in his early days in football.

Fast forward to the start of the 2022/23 season, and the roles have almost been reversed. While the Dutchman still had large margins for improvement, he managed to outperform his Italian counterpart immediately.

Central Defence: Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan)

Since joining Milan in January 2021, the Englishman has grown from strength to strength, cementing his place as one of the best defenders in Italian football.

One of the easiest options on the list.

Central Defence: Milan Skriniar (Inter)

Although Pierre Kalolo has a strong claim to the role thanks to his rapidly improving prowess in defence, Milan Skriniar remains the safe choice, as the Slovakian has established himself as a rock in Inter’s defense for the past five years.

Left Back: Theo Hernandez (AC Milan)

Theo Hernandez is definitely the most obvious choice on the list, and no arguments can be made for another contender.

The Frenchman is one of the best left-back players in the game, while Nerazzurri They struggle to fill the void left by Ivan Perisic’s departure, especially as Ruben Goossens is still unable to rediscover his best form.

Defensive midfielder: Marcelo Brozovic (Inter).

In Ismael Bennacer, Milan have a decent deep playmaker who has yet to reach his full potential. However, Simone Inzaghi has the best in the craft at his disposal.

Marcelo Brozovic remains the most capable midfielder when it comes to translating film director role, until proven otherwise.

Midfield: Nicolo Barilla (Inter)

When it comes to midfielders, they don’t make them any better than Nicolo Parilla. The 25-year-old has it all. Speed, skill, intensity, and determination can really deliver lethal assistance or a jaw-dropping target.

This position is his, and he is alone.

Central defender: Sandro Tonali (AC Milan).

While Hakan Calhanoglu would have completed a clean sweep of Inter in the middle of the park, it was his former Milan teammate who got the nod, perhaps not by a huge margin.

The former Brescia golden boy is thriving to become one of Italy’s most resplendent midfielders, possessing all the right traits that will enable him to become a world-class player in the years to come.

Right striker: Lautaro Martinez (Inter)

In order to contain the most deserving players, we decided to adopt a 4-3-3 formation, even if it was not suitable for a second striker like Lautaro Martinez.

The Argentine is a devastating striker who can punish opponents with a wide range of weapons. Once, some considered him just a friend of Romelu Lukaku.

However, the 25-year-old is now a superstar in his own right, and arguably the most vital component of Inzaghi’s tactical system.

Forwards: Romelu Lukaku (Inter)

After his happy return home, the Belgian is still working to restore his optimal shape and clinical touch. Unfortunately, a recent injury hampered his momentum.

However, he remains the number one pick when he is fit, even if his rivals are some of the sport’s most recognizable names – the likes of Edin Dzeko, Olivier Giroud and old foe Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Left striker: Rafael Leao (AC Milan)

The last but certainly not the least. Mr. MVP himself. Rafael Alexandre da Conceicao Liao. Not much explanation is needed here, nor many worthy contenders.

Make yourself at home, boy.


The end result is slightly skewed in The beloved Saleh, with six representatives of Inter against five Milan.

While this does not necessarily indicate a particular feature of Nerazzurriarguably foreshadows a deeply contested relationship.

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