It was not too long ago that a combined XI of Real Madrid and Barcelona players would be split down the middle, with at least five from...
It was not too long ago that a combined XI of Real Madrid and Barcelona players would be split down the middle, with at least five from each club.
It is a measure of how Luis Enrique has taken Barca to another level that Sportsmail's composite team for Saturday's Clasico struggles to make room for any Real players.
Here is DailyMail’s XI, with just three of Zinedine Zidane's stars making the cut. Tell us if you agree with the line up
Goalkeeper: Keylor Navas
|Keylor Navas has been superb for Real despite their poor defence|
Still no-one has got past him in this season's Champions League and his form in La Liga has covered an at times shaky Real Madrid defence. He cried tears of joy when his move to Manchester Untied fell through last summer and he had the chance to make it at Madrid. He has not wasted the opportunity. Claudio Bravo rarely makes a mistake but it has to be Navas.
Right back: Dani Alves
|Dani Alves seems to be getting even better as he ages|
Still owning the right flank from one end of the pitch to the other. We thought his batteries had run out a couple of seasons ago, but it turns out they were rechargeables.
Right centre back: Gerard Pique
Between the male modelling, the poker playing and being an entrepreneur, we wondered if Pique would have any time left for football in his more mature years. But is there a better central defender in Europe at the moment? Almost definitely not.
Left centre back: Sergio Ramos
|Just like Pique, Ramos could be very clumsy (30 red cards in his 10 year career) but still gets the nod|
Currently being held together by Kinesiology tape, Ramos could do with a month in a spa so that his battered body can knit back together. Unfortunately, between Saturday's showdown, the European Championship and the Champions League, there is no time.
Left back: Marcelo
|You will have to agree with me that Marcelo is the best left back at the moment in World football|
It's a measure of Marcelo's worth to the team that when he's not there they don't defend any better – despite accusations he can be found wanting in that department – and they find it much harder to break opponents down. A brilliant auxiliary forward and more endearing than Jordi Alba and the amateur dramatics that tend to come with him.
Right midfield: Ivan Rakitic
|Xavi's boots might be too big to fill for the Croatian, but Rakitic has impressed greatly in Barca's midfield|
A massively under-rated footballer. So under-rated that most would have picked Luka Modric ahead of him. Sure, Real Madrid's Croatian is a wonderful player with a pass for every gap in every defence. But his international team-mate can do the lot.
He is Barcelona's top scorer outside of their front three and his tally would double if they would only let him take the penalties. His work-rate and positioning mean he arrives in both boxes at just the right time to be decisive.
Holding midfield: Sergio Busquets
|Has there been a better defensive midfielder than Busquet in the last 5 years? Maybe one or two|
One of the easiest calls to make. Nowhere is the gulf in class greater than between the Spain international and Madrid's Casemiro. This position has always been an afterthought for Florentino Perez - that's why he packed Claude Makelele off to Chelsea rather than give him a pay-rise.
There is a reason why Barcelona have not missed Xavi. Iniesta always adorned games with his brilliance, now he dominates them. He often seems to be floating a couple of inches above the playing surface and is permanently tuned into the same frequency as Lionel Messi.
In search of career goal number 500, it would be just like him to score it against Real Madrid. The soloist supreme. Most players' greatest goals fit onto a DVD, Messi's is a box-set and with 21 goals in this fixture no-one has scored more.
Centre forward: Luis Suarez
|Luis Suarez is second on the the La Liga goalscorers chart with 26 goals|
Barcelona never lose when he scores. In fact they nearly always win – 42 victories and two draws in games that include a goal from their No 9. He's the first line of defence and the last touch on so many of their mesmerising moves. He has scored 68 goals in less than two seasons since he arrived and been top assist-provider, too.
Left attack: Neymar
|Neymar gets the nod on the left flank ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo? Do you agree?|
The closest call of the lot. Should we slot Cristiano Ronaldo in here or switch Gareth Bale from right to left so that he makes the team? It just doesn't seem right to break up the trio who should have been on the Ballon d'Or podium together in January. Two years ago it would have been Ronaldo, next year it may well be Bale. But right now it's Neymar to complete the front three.
|The El Classico Combined XI|