Match preview: Real Madrid vs Atlético

Rojiblancos on course to their best ever start to a season

Diego Costa fights off Real Madrid (Helios de la Rubia)

Diego Costa fights off Real Madrid (Helios de la Rubia)

When Atlético defeated Real Madrid to claim the Copa del Rey last May, they ended a barren fourteen-year, twenty-five game spell without victory against their rivals.

They will certainly be looking to make it two-for-two at the Bernabeu on Satuday night at 22:00 CET.

It was a purgative confrontation that night, in which the Rojiblancos at long last rid themselves of the submissive attitude that rendered them toothless whenever they faced the Merengues.

Under Cholo Simeone, Atlético had transformed into a confident, focused, organized team capable of taking on anyone, except the “big two.” Until that night in May…

With their triumph over Real Madrid, the Colchoneros proved that they belong amongst the best teams in Spain. They’re continuing to do so this season.

Six games into La Liga, they have a “perfect” record with six wins, and they only lost the Super Copa on away goals after holding Barcelona, another former bogeyman, to two draws.

Only the Blaugranas sit ahead of them in the league table, on account of a superior goal difference, while the Merengues trail them by two points, in third place.

Speaking, on the eve of Derbi Madrileño, Cholo explained that his side’s Copa del Rey victory “shook off many bad nights,” but it’s already in the past.

“Tomorrow is a new game, at which we arrive with a good record and the hope of doing well,” he said, before he dispelled the notion that his side are the favourites tomorrow.

“In this type of game there’s a lot of hope, a lot of enthusiasm. The opposing team have great financial power, big players and a great manager like Carlo [Ancelotti].”

He added: “I evaluate opponents who are better than us, who have a very rich squad, so we have to pay attention to what matters; what happens on the pitch and in the game.”

After making many changes to their playing and coaching staff during the summer, Real Madrid have yet to figure out their ideal lineup and playing style, something Cholo identified.

“Madrid have played with a 4-4-2 in their latest games and sometimes with a 4-3-3, like in Villarreal. They’re a team with great talent. There’s no clear formation. They’re in a coaching transition and we have to think about how to hurt them.”

As a symbolic gesture, Cholo has called up all players available to him, including Mario. The Spanish midfielder has made a lightning recovery after spraining his knee midweek.

Only Adrián is absent from the match selection. The forward continues his recovery from his cheekbone fracture, after undergoing surgery last week.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti revealed that star signing Gareth Bale will feature in the Madrid derby, before praising Atlético and denying that he hadn’t settled on a system for his team.

“I believe that he’ll be available and if so, I will take the decision on whether he can start the game or join in later. Marcelo is not available,” he said.

“After the match in the Copa del Rey, Atlético improved a lot. They have more confidence and they have a very strong team. It will be pretty tough game. We have the ability to do well and win.”

“We’ve played seven competitive games and it’s always been with a 4-4-2. This is the system. From time to time we’ve played well and other times not, but the reason isn’t that the system has changed. It’s always been the same.”

Atlético match selection

Goalkeepers: Aranzubia, Courtois, Bono
Defenders: Godín, Filipe, Alderweireld, Manquillo, Giménez, Juanfran, Insúa, Miranda
Midfielders: Mario, Tiago, Koke, Arda, Cristian Rodríguez, Gabi, Guilavogui, Óliver
Forwards: Villa, Diego Costa, Léo Baptistão

Real Madrid match selection

Goalkeepers: Casillas, Jesús Fernández, Diego López
Defenders: Varane, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Coentrão, Carvajal, Arbeloa, Nacho
Midfielders: Khedira, Bale, Casemiro, Modrić, Di María, Isco, Illarra
Forwards: Ronaldo, Benzema, Jesé, Morata

Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz

  • starvs

    Atleti going for second win a in a row at the Bernabeu!! When is the last fucking time you could say that!?!? Well over a decade!


  • Ahmad Hossainy

    you forgot to put one player on the list: Raul Garcia

  • kris

    Real Madrid CF 0-2 Club Atletico de Madrid… Come on Atleti!! We can and we will win again tomorrow against Real Madrid!! Aupa Atleti!!

  • Jeronamo

    This will definitely be the game early in the season for us to really show where we stand as a team in spain

  • Zakaria

    I watched us win th copa del Rey live at the SB, it’s the first live game I saw for atletico and the best feeling I ever had when we won. Yes we can do it again, and yes we have all it takes. Aupa atleti can’t wait to watch the game tonight (on TV) 🙁

  • Marshall

    That copa win was atleticos win in 14years…bring it.we right here.hala madrid.

  • EC

    I am very nervous for this game. It will have a big impact on how ours and reals seasons turn out this season imo. Iam still angry about the elche game. Real are very lucky there even close to us this season after there performances against Betis, Villarreal and elche. Which makes if all the more annoying that if they bet us at home they go a pt clear of us. Please god let us win

  • kris

    EC,, I am begging for the same thing as well, praying to God, we need this win, very important, but we have to be positive going in to the game. COME ON ATLETI!! We got this Real Madrid C.F. 0-2 Club Atletico de Madrid.. Aupa Atleti!

  • EC

    YASSSSSS!!!!! Diego costa 0-1

  • Will

    And Koke + Diego Costa works again! 0-1

  • pantic#10

    Koke did a wonderful assist!!! classy player.
    Diego Costa is da man.
    Good work by Tiago, Gabi &Co.
    We could have scored 2 more goals. Benzema was very close to score too.

    Aupa Atelti. we rock.

  • EC

    Great first half. Another very solid defensive performance so far. A couple of good crosses from di Maria provided 1 or 2 ok chances for benzema but that’s it. Tiago missed a complete sitter though and there was a good double save from Lopez from an Atletico corner.

  • EC

    Damn costa missed a fantastic chance to probably wrap it up there

  • dircil

    We were a better team last match. We just simply outplayed Real in terms of creating chances. Real Madrid just got their asses kicked two consecutive times at their cave. Keep up Atletico!!!!

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  • Alex21

    Absolutely amazing game. Real didn’t deserve to win that game in any way. We created much more chances, we played much better passes, and had an incredibly solid defense to top it off. Another remarkable win and can’t wait for the Porto match.

  • Silchas

    2 in a row. Maybe we can make them suffer for 14 years without a victory. Now i must go cry.

  • kris

    Doesn’t matter EC, it was Costa’s goal that gave us our best start to a season ever. Thank you so much God! Thank you so much, Costa. Thank you so much, Simeone!! 7 wins out of 7 games. 21 points out of 21 possible points.. 2 straight away wins at the Bernebeau, both destroying their current records at the Bernebeau. For Costa, keeping up with the best player in the world, Lionel Messi, scoring just as many goals as him.. And again, God for justifying what happened to Elche last game against Real Madrid.
    P.S. I don’t really think Courtois’ last flop was necessary, as if he had got down on the ground and picked up the ball, the same amount of time would probably have been wasted, but it was also “100 Million” Gareth Bale’s fault for going at the goalkeeper like that when the game will end in less than 20 seconds… Good work by both goalkeepers at both ends today.. GREAT WIN!! Aupa Atleti!!

  • Will

    0-1 did not show how the match really was. 1-3 ou 2-4 maybe.
    I keep laughing watching Diego Costa playing. He always gets 3 or 4 new enemies every game and all them get booked or sent off.

  • kris

    Lmao,, who else saw Coentrao and Arda on the wings ahha?? Arda totally humiliated Coentrao,, Fabio was all trying to show to the ref it wasn’t his fault by showing him his pulled shorts, lmao.. Arda is a funny man. Love him.. Oh yehh,, it was fun seeing Pepe and Ramos get some of their own medicine when they were penalized for fouling Costa. ahha.. hell of a game, that was.. Very fun.. Gracias Cholo! Forza Atleti!! I am way too happy,, I feel like weeping too…

  • EC

    Brilliant abseloutly brilliant :D, so happy. We should’ve won by about 3 goals. Every game iam so impressed with our defense we kept Ronaldo and bale when he came on very quiet aswell as there many other star players. Shame Costa couldn’t get a second goal but it was a phenominal performance from him anyway. I have to say Kris in pre season when u said costa would get 35 I didn’t believe u but. You may end up being right though and I will have to eat my shoe :p. I though he would have a good season, but he’s been fantastic so far. Gives a lot more than just goals aswell though unlike falcao

  • kris

    Yup,, all Falcao gave us was goals last season,, but Costa gives us assists, vulnerizes opponents, defense, midfield, tricks, anything you ask of him, he is such a beast.. Oh, and I forgot this, Koke again, unlucky to hit the crossbar,, GODDAMNN!!

  • piserakos

    atletiiiiiiiiiiiiii atletiiiiiiiiiii… aupa atleti…. vamos campeone… today i calebrate… tomorow i analyse the game

  • Will

    Koke and Arda is a incredible pair of midfielders. The classy of Koke and passion of Arda always delight me. Villa was almost invisible though. :/ And what to say about Filipe “You-shall-not-pass” Luis ? 🙂

  • kris

    lmao Will,, both Gareth Bale and CR7 couldn’t get past him.. And what about that cheeky little freekick play to get past 3 Real Madrid players?? This guy is without the best LB in the world ATM.. Filipe for the BALLON D’OR!!

  • Mathias

    Man of the match for me was Diego Costa
    But it was a terrific team performance from Atleti.

  • EC

    Yeah Felipe had a great game. Villa wasn’t great but his passing and link up play was good enough and he works hard. I still don’t think he is fully back to his best fitness as the club doctor said at the beginning he probably wouldn’t be until near the end of October. Still I’d much rather have costa nd villa up front than falcao :).

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