Picking a Combined XI of Inter & Napoli Players Ahead of Sunday's Serie A Clash

lash Italian football is undoubtedly on the up at the moment, and when two giants of the game go head to head there is always a huge level of excitement. With an abundance of attacking flair shared between Internazionale and Napoli, picking a combined XI of the two teams gives the same feel as a kid in a sweet shop. So without further ado, let's take a look at who makes the cut for this Serie A super team hybrid... It's not easy picking the number one between capable veterans like Pepe Reina...

Goalkeeper: Samir Handanovic

It's not easy picking the number one between capable veterans like Pepe Reina and Samir Handanovic, but the latter gets the nod.

Although Reina has had an impressive career, Handanovic's performances in the last few seasons have been somewhat remarkable, and he's become known as one of the best in the world. 

Inter may have shipped 13 goals in their last five games, but it could've been worse without the Slovenian two-time Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year between the sticks.

Right Back: Elseid Hysaj

Hysaj has been the number one choice for Napoli at right back all season , and with good reason. Despite not contributing hugely to the attacking side of Napoli's game, the Albanian has been able to effectively keep opposing wingers quiet with intuitive defending.

Centre Back: Miranda

Since making his move from Atletico Madrid to Inter Milan permanent in the summer, Miranda has proven to be a commanding presence at the back.

With clear leadership qualities and fantastic aerial presence, the 32-year-old central defender is not to be trifled with, and forwards often have a troublesome time against the Brazilian.

Centre Back: Kalidou Koulibaly

It looks as though Chelsea's failed attempts to sign Koulibaly last summer only spurred the centre half on to become even better. 

The Senegalese shows remarkable pace and his tackling ability continues to improve week in week out. While it's difficult reading for Napoli fans, don't be surprised if he isn't turning plying his trade elsewhere next season, with many of Europe's big hitters circling.

Left Back: Faouzi Ghoulam

Ghoulam has proven a revelation at the Stadio San Paulo, with some impressive performances in a Napoli shirt.

The full back has maintained a first string place at left back and has contributed going forward too - with four assists.

Central Midfield: Geoffrey Kondogbia

After a shaky start Kondogbia has grown into his role in Milan. As defensive midfielders go, the former Monaco man epitomises the position well. He is a hard tackling, physical presence able to do the dirty work and assist the more creative players in the midfield.

Winning the ball back from the opposition by any means necessary is Kondogbia's bread and butter, which is why he was an obvious choice in the combined XI.

Central Midfield: Marek Hamsik

Though quite unfamiliar to those who don't pay too much attention to Serie A, many might remember Hamsik's outrageous goal in Euro 2016 from an obscene angle.

The Slovakian has been an integral player for Napoli for years with his creative flair and incredible passing ability - Napoli's biggest achievement has been keeping this man under the radar for all these years...especially with that hair.

Left Wing: Ivan Perisic

The Croatian wide man kicks off our impressive forward line as one of the hottest wingers in Europe right now. 10 goals and eight assists in the league this season has seen Perisic linked with the likes of Manchester United among others.

With great ability on either foot, Perisic walks into this combined XI.

Central Attacking Midfield: Dries Mertens

Okay, yes this seems like cheating because Mertens has been playing as a striker this season. But he's not really a striker is he? The winger turned centre forward could definitely do a job in the number 10 role, and his eight assists in Serie A show exactly that.

Stepping in for the departed Gonzalo Higuain was never going to be an easy task, but Mertens has breezed it, scoring 22 goals this campaign.

Right Wing: Lorenzo Insigne

Okay another player shoehorned in slightly out of position. But how could we not pick both Insigne and Perisic when they've both turned out some incredible performances this season? Besides, wingers can switch sides at the drop of a hat nowadays.

Insigne's 14 goals and seven assists speak for themselves as to why he's chosen for the combined XI. The little winger has pace to burn and a deadly finishing touch.

Striker: Mauro Icardi

As soon as you saw Mertens in the number ten role, you knew that this man was making the combined XI without a shadow of a doubt.

The young Inter captain has been a bright spark in an underwhelming season for the club. 

Despite occasional controversy, Icardi has churned out performance after performance for his club, staking his claim as one of the brightest up and coming sparks on the planet.

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