Picking a Combined XI of Internazionale & AC Milan Players Ahead of the Derby della Madonnina Clash

AC Milan and Inter will come face to face at their shared home in the Derby della Madonnina on Wednesday. 

Milan have struggled somewhat since they were dumped out of the Europa League by Arsenal; although, a victory on Wednesday would see them close the gap to five points on their fourth-placed city rivals. 

Inter comfortably beat Verona 3-0 in their last game, while I Rossoneri suffered a 3-1 loss to Serie A table-toppers Juventus. 

Here’s a combined XI of the best available players from both sides.

1. Samir Handanovic (Inter)

A tough choice as to who starts between the sticks, but 33-year-old Handanovic has already proven he’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world, whereas 19-year-old Donnarumma is still susceptible to the odd mistake. 

The Slovenian international, who arrived at the San Siro from Udinese in 2012, has started every league game for I Nerazzurri this season and has conceded 14 less goals than his Rossoneri counterpart. 

2. Ricardo Rodriguez (AC Milan)

Rodriguez arrived at the San Siro from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg in the summer and has made 25 league starts for I Rossoneri at left-back since. 

The 25-year-old, who has an impressive 50 international caps with Switzerland, is known as being equally proficient at defending as he is attacking and will offer his teammates a constant outlet down the left side. 

3. Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan)

Bonucci made the surprise switch from Juventus to Milan in the summer in a deal worth a reported £35m. Since his move to San Siro, the 30-year-old has played over 3000 minutes for the sixth-placed Serie A side. 

The former midfielder may lack pace but his strength allows him to outmuscle most of his opponents while his good positional sense and reading of the game means he’s rarely caught out at the back. 

4. Miranda (Inter Milan)

33-year-old Miranda arrived at Internazionale from Atletico Madrid in 2015 and has made a total of 85 appearances for Luciano Spalletti’s side since. 

Despite his age, Miranda, who has made an impressive 44 appearances for Brazil, doesn’t lack pace; although, like Bonucci, his main attributes are his strength and his mature reading of the game. 

5. Davide Calabria (AC Milan)

Calabria came through Milan’s youth ranks before he made his senior debut against Atlanta in 2015. 

The 21-year-old, who has scored one goal and provided three assists in his 13 league starts so far this season, is a similar player to Rodriguez in that he enjoys getting forward down the right side and his pace helps him make frequent overlapping runs in the final third. 

Calabria does lack experience having made a total of just 35 appearances for Milan since debut and there are some question marks over the proficiency of his defending. Nevertheless, he is being touted as one of the best young attacking full-backs in the Serie A. 

6. Giacomo Bonaventura (AC Milan)

Bonaventura is Milan’s second top scorer behind Patrick Cutrone with five goals in 21 Serie A starts. 

The creative midfielder, who arrived from Atalanta back in 2014, can play anywhere across the midfield although he favours a more advanced role. The 28-year-old is good at keeping possession due to his close ball control as well as his positional awareness, and likes to open up space in the final third of the pitch with constant movement. 

7. Suso (AC Milan)

The attacking midfielder, who joined from Liverpool in 2015, has been a key figure in Gennaro Gattuso’s side this season having played over 2600 minutes of football for the Rossoneri thus far.

An impressive return of eight goals and five assists earned the 24-year-old a rare call-up to the Spanish national squad for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. 

With an abundance of pace and trickery, Suso could prove to be a real nuisance to the Nerazzurri defence. 

8. Antonio Candreva (Inter Milan)

Candreva joined Inter Milan from Serie A rivals Lazio in 2016 and has since made 65 appearances for the club. 

This season, the 31-year-old has provided eight assists in 27 league appearances from an advanced midfield role. Despite his age, Candreva is well known for his work rate and accompanying stamina which allows him to operate in a number of different positions in the midfield. 

The former Lazio man has a good range of passing and is capable of accurate powerful shots from distance with either of his feet. 

9. Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan)

Ivan Perisic was a wanted man last summer, but Manchester United and a number of other clubs were unable to prise the Croatian international away from the San Siro. 

Perisic is one of Inter Milan’s biggest threats going forward having scored nine goals and provided eight assists in 28 Serie A starts. The 29-year-old’s versatility means he can operate efficiently as a striker, winger or attacking midfielder. 

10. Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan)

Since arriving at the San Siro from Sampdoria in 2013, Icardi has scored 95 goals in 150 appearances for Internazionale. 

This season, the 25-year-old continues to impress with 24 goals for the season thus far – just two goals behind Serie A top scorer Ciro Immobile. 

Icardi’s has a decent amount of pace but his main attributes are his strength and his clinical finishing – 68% of his shot are on target compared to 62% of Immobile’s and 45% of Cutrone’s. 

11. Patrick Cutrone (AC Milan)

The in-form Milan striker is the club’s top goalscorer this season with seven goals in just 11 starts. 

Cutrone has been described as a “true number 9” in Italy, with his main attributes being his physicality, movement and aerial ability. 

Gattuso has been careful not to overuse the 20-year-old in his breakthrough season and, having missed out on a starting spot in Milan’s loss to Juventus at the weekend, the fan favourite will be hoping to make his mark against I Nerazzurri on Wednesday. 

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