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Real Madrid - Atlético all-time greatest XIs: AS pick their best

Ahead of the eagerly anticipated Madrid derby at the Bernabéu on Sunday, AS' resident Atlético and Real Madrid experts pick their best ever XIs. Which would win?

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All-time Atlético vs Real Madrid XIs: Roncero and Manolete

Eyes around the world will be focused on the Santiago Bernabéu on Sunday as Atlético Madrid make the short trip to face city rivals Real Madrid in the capital city derby. With the Liga title practically in the hands of Barcelona and Champions League qualification assured for both sides there is little more than local pride at stake with Diego Simeone's side currently four points better off than Zinedine Zidane's in LaLiga.

Atlético vs Madrid of the ages

The workforce at Diario AS is made up of fans of many teams, a collective that is able to give insights to football in Spain, as well as the rest of Europe and much further afield. Two journalists in particular are well known for their partisan support of their clubs and cannot hide the emotions that every fan has gone through. We tapped into their historical knowledge of Atleti and Madrid for an all-time best XI. 

Atlético Madrid by Manolete [4-3-3]

Jan Oblak, Francisco Delgado Melo, Luis Pereira, Diego Godín, Isacio Calleja, Adelardo, Luis Aragonés, Diego Simeone, José Ufarte, José Eulogio Gárate, Radamel Falcao

Check out the rationale behind the player decisions.

Real Madrid by Roncero [4-3-3]

Iker Casillas, Míchel Salgado, Sergio Ramos, Pirri, Roberto Carlos, Uli Stielike, Raúl González Blanco, Juanito, Emilio Butragueño, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Cristiano Ronaldo

The logic to picking these players ahead of other greats.