The two Madrid teams will begin their new season against each other in the first leg of La Liga 2018-19. Atletico Madrid has already registered a victory against Los Blancos in the UEFA Super Cup final this year. After a disappointing defeat against Sevilla in the last away game, Real Madrid are desperate to get back on the winning track but it would be difficult to play against the defensive force of Diego Simeone. Atleti are just two points away behind the city rivals which means one win will take them to the second or maybe the first spot.
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The intensity of a Madrid derby has been uniquely explained by Atletico striker, Diego Costa. He said, “We always want to get at Real Madrid… but they also want to k*ll us.”
He decided the last one with a double and was key in a Super Cup final during the last month. On Saturday he will go to war for Atleti again.
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Real Madrid have been urged to respond immediately to their defeat at Sevilla by coach Julen Lopetegui, who wants an improved and competitive display in the derby. The visit of Atletico to the Bernabeu offers them an opportunity to quickly put that in the rearview mirror.
He said, “In football, everything moves very fast and we have to leave that behind us because there is a great challenge in front of us. We don’t dwell on the victories so we won’t do the same with defeats, we are thinking about the beautiful challenge in the next game.”
“I’m expecting a balanced, difficult game where we will have to compete hard as well as playing and I think the team will do that. We are measuring ourselves against a great rival, a highly-ranked team which will bring out the highest demands in us.”
Atletico Madrid’s relatively slow start left them in danger of being out of the title race before it had every truly begun, but Real’s defeat before the derby offers Simeone’s men the chance to leapfrog their city rivals in the table.
The two sides have met 220 times, with REal winning 109 games, Atletico 56, and the rivals sharing 55 draws.
Real Madrid Vs Atletico Madrid Possible Lineups
Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Isco; Bale, Benzema, Asensio.
Out: Vallejo, Odriozola
Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Juanfran, Godin, Gimenez, Filipe Luis; Koke, Saul, Rodrigo; Lemar, Griezmann, Costa