Match preview: Atlético Madrid vs. Real Madrid

Atleti with a chance for redemption following Copa derby embarrassment

Atleti look for third derby win within a year  (Getty Images)

Atleti look for third derby win within a year
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Atlético will seek to keep their unbeaten record at home intact in La Liga play when they host Real Madrid on Sunday.

Kick-off at the Vicente Calderón — where attendance is expected to top off — is set for 17:00 CET.

The first time Atleti squared off against Real Madrid in the present campaign, the men in red and white firmly established themselves as the kings of the Spanish capital.

Only four months after ending a 14-year derby drought in legendary fashion at the Bernabéu by lifting the Copa del Rey on enemy territory, Atleti shut out their crosstown foes 1-0–another triumph at the Blanco stronghold.

But, the Merengues avenged themselves a month ago–trouncing Atlético in Copa del Rey action 3-0 at their own grounds, and then by a score of 2-0 at the Calderón.

Atleti’s fortunes have obviously turned of late.

They come into this clash on the back of shameful defeat in Pamplona–where they were hammered 3-0 by lowly Osasuna.

The match resulted in los Colchoneros’ fourth loss of February, a month that saw Diego Simeone’s men bag only three wins in all competitions.

Nevertheless, Sunday’s massive Derbi Madrileño will offer Atleti a chance to surpass league-leaders Real on the Primera División table.

A victory by any margin would grant Atlético a better head-to-head record against Ancelotti’s charges.

But, if Barcelona are triumphant at home against Almería later Sunday night, they would supersede us at the top should we beat our eternal rivals.

Since dropping two points at the San Mamés a month ago, Real have gone on a torrid stretch of victories.

They enter this encounter having won six consecutive matches–a streak that has seen them average over three goals a game.

Real obliterated Schalke 6-1 in Gelsenkirchen at the midweek in Champions League play, with Cristiano–who returns to La Liga after a three-match ban, Benzema and Gareth Bale all taking home braces.

Meanwhile, Atleti had seven days to prepare for this engagement.

“We’ve had this week to work and, obviously, as the days go by, the pain goes away and the hope and excitement returns,” Simeone said on Saturday.

“When the league campaign started, we would have paid to be in this situation in March, of being just three points behind first place, and that’s the situation we find ourselves in.”

He continued, analysing our opponents: “They put together a good game [in the Champions League]. They come into this match after a triumph of that nature and as the lone leaders.

“They’re in a great moment and come into this match in the best way possible and as a team feared greatly throughout all of Europe.

“We eagerly await this game.”

Javi Manquillo and Tiago remain sidelined with their respective injuries. ‘Cholo’ called up everyone else.

Atlético match selection:
Goalkeepers: Courtois, Aranzubia
Defenders: Godín, Miranda, Juanfran, Filipe, Giménez, Insua, Alderweireld
Midfielders: Koke, Gabi, Sosa, Arda, Mario, Diego, Cebolla, The Real Raúl
Forwards: Adrián, Costa, Villa


  • ali_

    we gonna get raped. its gonna be a miracle if not

  • Zakaria

    Tough game indeed, Real are favourites, their recent form is scary. I have to admit that I admired Real game at Shalke.
    We are ATLETI, and we should believe, that’s why we are Atletico fans 🙂 I have to agree with Ahmad on all what he says, and that being where we are now is an achievement. The boys were amazing this season, we spiced up the boring La Liga, and we are doing good in the champions league.
    No matter what the result is, we should be proud of our team and their achievements.

    Aupa Atleti

  • farhan

    noone is suspendend no one is injured… we are going to rape real…

  • farhan

    maravilla.

  • sajedeh

    we, re going to win 2- 0 with goals by koke and maravillaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Jeronamo

    I don’t even know what to say…. Nothing is wrong is optimism and nothing is wrong with realism. I think atleti may shock pundits today, plus we are playing with a chip on our shoulder so there’s gonna be some extra spice in today’s game. Lets do our job and cheer for our atleti.

    Aupa Atleti!!!

  • EC

    We have a full strength first 11 and were at home. We have a pretty good chance of winning even if Real Madrid are on phenomenal form. This will be a season defining game. If we win we remain firmly in the title race and it will do a lot for our players confidence. If we lose then we will most probably finish 3rd in la liga and our confidence will be low and our performances in the CL may be adversely affected aswell.

    Only a couple of hours until kickoff and iam very nervous

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I’m worried and nervous .. but I had the same feeling before our game against them in the cup final, and against Chelsea in UEFA super cup

    for me, it’s not a disaster to lose today if we played a good game
    but what I’m afraid of is the consequences of the defeat
    will it leave an effect on our campaign in UCL ?!
    could it make Athleic start thinking of taking our place, as they will be just 10 points behind us after the gap between us & them reached to 17 points ?!
    and my biggest worries is :
    will it make some of our players lose hope and feel that it’s just not working, and whatever you do and no matter how hard you work Real & Barca will always be 3 steps ahead of you as long as they are 400 million ahead of you ?!!

    if we lost today, will it be a sledge hammer into the project we are building ?!

    I hope not

    and I wish if we lost that everybody deal with the defeat the right way, Simeone, the players, the board .. and especially the fans

    and I dream about another “Noche Perfecta”

    please Atleti .. give us another one .. I want to enjoy the Oscars tonight !

  • Chewie

    I predict a riot! I’d say the chances are: 15% for a win, 35% for a draw, 50% for a defeat. Hoping for the best though. Want to see real spirit AND top-notch tactical game. No diving and spitting, please. Remain calm, fighters.

  • EC

    Really dissapointed David Villa isn’t starting at home

  • EC

    I probably would’ve started Villa or Diego ahead of Garcia. Garcia has had a great season so far and scored a fair few goals but I believe the other two would bring more to this game

  • ali_

    what the shit man

  • Chewie

    Fuck this and welcome the old Atletico who condedes within first ten minutes. Stupid bastards.

  • EC

    Oh well. Real are abseloutly unstoppable at the moment. Hopefully we can get the draw

  • Will

    WTF!?!? Already?

  • Will

    Asi gana el Madrid.

  • pantic#10

    no penalty?
    ok.
    now i understand.
    thanx, i go out and enjoy the nice weather…so i don’t waste the other 80 minutes to watch this fake match.

  • Jeronamo

    Is that fucking ref blind?

  • farhan

    can anybody tell me the lineups plz

  • Will
  • farhan

    keep calm and believe in villa

  • EC

    We have responded fairly well to going 0-1 down just 3 mins in. We should’ve had a penalty though.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    PANTIC : stay at home, we gonna comeback ..
    I feel it, and I’m the least optimistic one here

  • EC

    @Farhan. Villa isn’t playing

  • farhan

    not in subs…

  • EC

    Yasssssss Koke. Let’s do this!!!

  • Will

    Nice play by Arda!!! Classy finish by Koke!

    Sorry, Diego.. you don’t have room in the first team.

  • pantic#10

    great goal by KOKE.
    YEAH

  • ali_

    KOKEEEEEEEEEEEEE! come on guys, do it!

  • pantic#10

    @Amhad: ehhehe yes i’m still watching it 🙂

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    told you Pantic 😉

  • farhan

    spartaaaa ardaaa

  • farhan

    just tell me is villa not even in subs

  • Will

    Arda is more loose now… bad news for Madrid.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I guess we put the ref under pressure (or he put himself after that ignored penalty)
    he missed several clear fouls for Real

    this is good

  • Will

    Aupa Atleti!!! Vamos!!

  • farhan

    yeaaaah

  • EC

    @Farhan yes Villa is on the bench. Hopefully we see him at some point

  • farhan

    @ec thanx…

  • pantic#10

    guy i have no words (well… honestly i have tons of bad words) how to explain..my opinion about Pepe…

  • farhan

    pepe is shit i hate him should be banned frm football

  • Will

    GGGGOGOOOAAAAL!!!!!

    GABI!! From nowhere!!!

  • kris

    Guys I’m not able to watch this match but I’m following you guys’ comments on here while singing atletico, atketico,atletico de Madrid;! Hope we win this match!! Do your magic Simeone’ players and the fans!! Aupa Atleti!

  • pantic#10

    GABIIIIIIIIII

  • pantic#10

    Oh my god what a stunning shot by GABI
    I’m soooo happy, my hero has scored.
    a real hero.

  • EC

    2-1 to us at Half time. YES!!!!

  • farhan

    oop yeah…. aupa atletiiiii

  • Chewie

    This is crazy! This is a riot! What a blast by Gabi – well, we do not score often outside the box, but when we do, it’s a work of magic. OMG. I’ve forgotten when I last saw us play like that. INTENSE.

  • EC

    Brilliant first half apart from the first 3 mins. This is also a very good Real team that is on fire atm. Were once again showing just how good we are. We must make sure we don’t concede and early goal in the 2nd half. So happy now :).

    Just annoyed it’s not 3-1 with that penalty incident

  • Jelle

    This is the best half in this season! Amazing play.
    The ref is bad and I’m worried about he could do something crazy.

    ATLEEETI….!!

  • Jeronamo

    I’m fuckung crying and it’s only half time

  • Dircil

    Now u guys can see, how shitty we were with Diego and how awesome we are now without him. His presence brings bad luck + distortion of our play!

  • Jeronamo

    We should have gad about 3 penalties tho

  • ash

    I shit my pants after I saw Gabi’s goal….that was god’s work!!!

  • farhan

    @dircil i agree

  • EC

    I don’t think Diego was ever brought in to get straight into the first team. You have to remember it is hard coming into a team in January and instantly picking everything up, of course starting diego was going to interrupt our play initially. He will however be a good substitute and a good stater for when Koke/Turan are injured or tired

  • Will

    NO NO NO NO! Diego, you can’t miss a goal like this…

  • EC

    Costa unlucky with the header there. He should’ve scored 5 mins earlier tho

  • Will

    Deserved yellow card to Diego Costa.

  • pantic#10

    Burgos gone wild.

  • Will

    I can’t describe how proud I am from my Atlético now.

  • EC

    Devastating

  • kris

    Damn! Very bad from Mario Suarez stumbling like that. 2-2

  • farhan

    simeone donot use any subs…. whats going in his mind

  • pantic#10

    you know why?
    because Ancelotti put Carvajal, Isco and Marcelo.
    Simeone didn’t changed a tired team…
    our bench is Cebolla…

  • pantic#10

    too bad…with a good referee we could have even win…

  • Jeronamo

    I’m sorry but when it comes to subs simione hasn’t a clue

  • farhan

    what the hell we on 3rd….

  • Will

    I guess Simeone doesn’t trust in our bench. Only Cebolla.

    I’m still proud of my Atleti.. bad lucky from Mário… but it’s ok.

  • Jeronamo

    I’m happy with the performance

  • farhan

    we got villla on bench ? i think then why….

  • Chewie

    Disappointed. We’ve missed the chance to decide our fate ourselves and will have to hope that Real and Barca will stumble.

  • kris

    We can only hope for Almeria to beat Barcelona. The odds of that are very low..

  • farhan

    it sucks…. am crying

  • EC

    Well we played very well. We have kept ourselves in the title race at least. We can’t screw up away to celta Vigo without Godin and Costa

  • Gerard Piqué the great

    What a pathetic team you are.

    This was your chance to beat Real and get the head to head advantage. You have the head to head but you are way behind on points which is no good.

    Fat Italian coach messed up with his crap team and crap Diego Lopes in goal and you still could not win. And when asked to close the game out in the last ten minutes you concede!!

    If Real win the league it’s all your fucking fault.

    You have blown it and will be blown away at the Camp Nou final day of season.

    FCB 5-0 You.

  • Jeronamo

    I don’t want barca to lose kris… I rather they help apply pressure against real… but no one seems to be talking about all those penalty decisions

  • Jeronamo

    I would appreciate having that idiot’s comments removed always lol

  • Amr Habibi

    No please let Barca beat Almeria.. If somehow we can’t become champions, then i much more prefer that Barca becomes champ, instead of Real.

  • Jeronamo

    I agree with Amr

  • EC

    @GPTG. Your a complete idiot, why do you keep wasting time coming on here. Have u nothing better to do with your life. “If real win the league it’s all your fucking fault” so what your saying is Barca cannot better Real and win the league. Interesting

  • EC

    Also for the record if we can’t win the league of prefer Barca to win it with us preferably 2nd.

  • Ash

    Cholo didn’t use any sub because there was no one he can use. If he has had a DM or a Wing Back, he would definitely put them on. Sadly, that’s the real gap between us and the big two, the depth AND variety of our bench.

  • Ash

    @EC I think most ppl here think that that troll is too pathetic to give any attention. Ignoring him is the best way. Pathetic trolls want nothing but attention because their lives fails miserably.

  • AaX

    12 and half man Madrid team were just lucky to be let off the hook by Atleti for ONLY This TIME. We have Now the Head to Head result Advantage. Hopefully, GOD Willing IT WILL COUNT!

  • farhan

    i also prefer barca winning the title if we are not….
    real just sucks…. and that penalty…. ref tooo sucks…

  • AaX

    NOTHING GREAT TEAMS COMES OUT FROM UNTESTED SILVER-SPOONED RICH CLUBS EXCEPT BLAMINGS AND WHININGS WHEN ON THEIR WAY DOWN ! AND IT WILL BE HARD !!

  • AaX

    NO “GREAT” TEAMS COMES OUT FROM UNTESTED SILVER-SPOONED RICH CLUBS EXCEPT BLAMINGS AND WHININGS WHEN ON THEIR WAY DOWN ! AND IT WILL BE HARD !!

  • farhan

    next match with….?

  • Ash

    Many Real Madrid’s trolls in China are now attacking our clubs Chinese twitter simply because our microblog expressed dissatisfaction that the ref missed two penalties of ours. What a bunch of losers!

  • EC

    Away to celta Vigo. We will be without Godin and Costa though as they have picked up too many yellows. Celta have been pretty good at home recently so I don’t think it will be easy

  • Valinia

    @EC cant agree more. barca would hv won the league if they arent losing those stupid points. they shud go blame themselves.

  • Valinia

    i dun think simeone didnt put on many subs cos he dont trust his players.. we need to maintain our quick pace n the defence intensity so subbing players like diego n villa in is gonna destroy it. players who suit this kinda style r cebolla n adrian.

  • Jeronamo

    So why name a bench if you aren’t gonna use it????

  • Valinia

    @jeronamo cos we need different players who suit different styles of games.. ull never know how the game goes. if were losing 1-3 we will definitely sent in players like diego to create more chances

  • Farzad

    yea,Its the real game of atletico

  • Farzad

    please dont wear yellow shirt , when we wear it Unfortunately we lose

  • Farzad

    costa always want to score goal alone , he never think to make chance for others , last macth because of his wrongs we couldnt win