Borussia Dortmund and Schalke treated the world to one of the greatest matches in Bundesliga history when the Royal Blues completed one of sport's greatest ever comebacks after being 4-0 down at half-time at the Signal Iduna Park. This week the arch-rivals meet for another Revierderby at the Veltins-Arena with the winner having one hand on second place.
Ahead of Sunday's fixture, bundesliga.com is giving you the chance to vote for your Revierderby dream team. All 11 positions are up for grabs, and it's your votes that will determine the final combined Schalke-Dortmund XI, which we will present to you ahead of the big match.
Goretzka told RevierSport this week that he will “miss the derby” once he completes his move from Schalke to Bayern Munich in the summer, and the feeling is surely mutual. At just 22, the Germany international has emerged as one of the most talented midfielders of his generation, which no doubt prompted the record champions to secure his services in January. Goretzka’s blend of elegance, skill and power have helped him notch four goals and two assists this season despite various injury problems, and there’s no telling how high he can go at the Allianz Arena.
His teammate Bentaleb has been limited to just 13 Bundesliga appearances this term, due to a recurring groin problem, but the Algeria international has still managed to contribute four goals and three assists. The 23-year-old’s return to full fitness just happened to coincide with a five-game winning run for Domenico Tedesco’s side, and he looks set to play an increasingly vital role once Goretzka has traded royal blue for red. Technically gifted and boasting a killer left foot — check out his Goal of the Season winner from 2016/17 — the former Tottenham Hotspur man is already a firm fan favourite at the Veltins Arena.
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Dahoud has had a somewhat mixed season since his summer transfer from Borussia Mönchengladbach to Dortmund, but there is no denying his exceptional talent as a playmaker. The Germany U21 international has been on fire in recent weeks, starting the last five games and making the most of the opportunity to showcase his unique range of passing skills. As well as racking up four assists in his 21 league appearances, the 22-year-old has completed 86 per cent of his passes.
While Castro has set a similar tempo in his 19 Bundesliga outings this term, the former man has lost a touch of his influence of old. A regular starter under Peter Bosz, he has faced greater competition in the Peter Stöger era, not helped by an ankle injury sustained in December — although he has still provided two assists and remains an important voice in the dressing room.