Wesley Sneijder, Edinson Cavani & The Players Who Would Make It Into An Inter-Napoli Combined XI

Goal.com takes a look at the 11 players who would make their way into a starting line-up comprised of men from both teams
By Max De Luca

Inter are set to welcome Napoli in what should be an enthralling encounter at San Siro on Saturday evening. In a tale of contrasting styles and fortunes, the visitors are one point behind league leaders Juventus while the home side hover precariously over the relegation zone.

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri has employed a 3-4-2-1 formation to great effect while Inter were forced to pull the plug on the Gian Piero Gasperini experiment after his three-man backline proved to be an unmitigated disaster.

Claudio Ranieri has since taken the reins at San Siro and prefers four in defence in a 4-3-1-2 set-up which has restored stability to the squad.

Ahead of the crunch clash on Saturday, Goal.com has decided to make a starting XI comprised of players from both teams.The combined side will line up in an attacking 4-2-3-1 formation.


Morgan De Sanctis

Julio Cesar's name carries a lot more clout than it really should nowadays. As Inter supporters and keen Serie A observers can attest, his performances have gone on a downward spiral in the last couple of seasons. He has made too many mistakes in big games and is good for a handful of howlers each term. Morgan De Sanctis has brought stability between the sticks for Napoli and, while he is not the shot-stopper the Brazilian is on his best day, we are looking for consistency from our goalkeeper and the Italian veteran fits the bill.

Christian Maggio


Paolo Cannavaro

Javier Zanetti

Three veterans make up the bulk of a four-man backline that is loaded with experience. Right-back Christian Maggio will be given the green light to gallop forward at his pleasure while on the other flank no one will stop Javier Zanetti from going on his mazy runs that have delighted the San Siro faithful for the last 16 years. Pace may be at a premium between Lucio and Paolo Cannavaro but the wily duo have enough tricks up their sleeves and a good enough sense of positioning to create a strong partnership in the centre of defence.


Esteban Cambiasso

Walter Gargano

The Argentine duo will be entrusted to protect the back four. Walter Gargano is criminally underrated and doesn't get enough press for his exploits in midfield, while Esteban Cambiasso is still a formidable man marker and can provide the link to the creative trio in front of him to start lightning quick counters. The two players can also slot in for the full-backs when they decide to charge up the pitch.


Ezequiel Lavezzi

Wesley Sneijder

Marek Hamsik

Three supremely talented midfield maestros will line up behind the lone striker and will be counted on to shoulder the creative load for our combined side. Ezequiel Lavezzi will take on defenders on the right wing and look for the overlapping runs of Maggio. Wesley Sneijder will be given free reign in the middle to do what he does best: pick out his team-mates with picture-perfect passes. The Dutchman will also handle set pieces for our team. Marek Hamsik will play out on the left, which will enable him to cut inside onto his right foot or float in crosses for the targetman.


Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani will be the lone striker up front but will be blessed with an almost embarrassing array of attacking talent behind him. Service for the imposing forward will not be a problem and he should be handed a glut of good opportunities to surpass the 26 goals he scored in Serie A last season. He will also have the option of holding the ball up for the onrushing attacking triumvirate or taking on defenders himself.

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