Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid
by Colin on La Liga
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Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid C.F. at Vicente Calderon is going to be the icing of the cake in this round of the Spanish La Liga. This will be the fifth time these teams will face each other this season. The Super Cup final, La Liga game at Bernabeu and the most recent two games for the Copa del Rey. This may even be not the last clash as Real and Atletico may play against each other for the UEFA Champions League.
Atletico is taking the 3rd place in La Liga so far with 47 points, 3 behind the second Barcelona and 4 behind the leader Real Madrid. The Matters Makers are in a good form and Antonie Griezmann is playing very important role after his transfer from Real Sociedad this summer. Mario Mandzukic and Fernando Torres are two of the rest who are performing at top level lately. El Nino (Torres) played a very important role for Atletico in the Copa del Ray games against Real Madrid. Diego Simeone team eliminated Los Blancos, but their next opponent Barcelona was too though and has stopped them for the semi finals. Although Torres did not miss the chance to score a goal to Barcelona as well. In the first game at Santiago Bernabeu in September, Arda Turan and Tiago goals secured a 1-2 win for Atletico. During the week there was information about a conflict between the manager Simeone and the Turkish International Arda Turan. The rumors were borned after the player has throw a boot to the linesman in the Copa del Ray game agaisnt Barcelona. The medias claim that Arda may leave the club in the summer.
Real Madrid are going in this game as leaders in the table and with Cristiano Ronaldo back in the squad after his two games ban, because of the red card received in Cordoba. Despite his absence Los Blancos have won their game at home against Real Sociedad with 4-1 and Karim Benzema was one of the best on the pitch. Carlo Ancelotti also said good things about the French striker, not only because the two scored goals but also for his movement on the field. Cristiano is going to miss the game against Sevilla at home as well this Wednesday and will be in the first eleven for the game against the neighbors from Atletico. There was a lot of speculations about a possible leave and criticism lately pointed to Gareth Bale, but the manager Ancelotti defended his player and said that he is very important to the team and he is going nowhere.
Atletico still reigns
Atletico are still active champions of Spain and the good results against Real this season will give them the needed confidence to go into this derby. This can be a perfect chance for them to cut the difference in the points to the top and why not to defend their title.
The statistics shows 5 wins for Atletico against 21 for Real and 7 draws in the last 15 years.
This is one of the direct games between the leaders and best teams in Europe, teams that are famous with their attacking power and great style of playing.