Match preview: Real Madrid vs. Atlético

Third derby in a month - but Atleti are ready

Raul Garcia with a goal against our rivals (pic: Getty)

Raul Garcia with a goal against our rivals (pic: Getty)

Atlético return to the defence of their Spanish crown after the end of the international break, and what could be more testing than a trip across Madrid to face our fiercest rivals.

Kickoff in the latest edition of El Derbi madrileño is at 20:00 CET.

It’s the third time that Atlético have faced off against Real Madrid in the last month, and Simeone’s men will be looking to retain their unbeaten record in the league against los Blancos that stretches back the 2012/13 season.

Returning to the side are both Arda Turan, who missed the start of Atlético’s season through injury, and Raul Garcia, who returns to the team following a suspension, and his senior debut for the Spanish national side.

However, Atleti are still without Diego Simeone, who is sitting out the second match of his four game league suspension for his actions in the Super Cup.

On the topic of the Super Cup triumph, Simeone sees it as a different match completely.

“When you’re starting, at the end of the preseason, you’re in a certain physical condition. It’s the first match. But today – the players are playing at a much higher level than they were,” he said at the pre-match press conference.

“Real Madrid will be strong, intense and fast. They have important players and we have to be able to counter that.

“We are not a violent team, but we are a team who plays with a great intensity. Those were our weapons to make all the other teams respect us. Hopefully, this year we’ll be able to keep the same line of work, because it’s a great way to repeat the success of previous years.”

Simeone has the full squad available to him, with the exception of Cristian Rodriguez, who limped out of Uruguay’s 1-0 win over South Korea in midweek.

The team is back in training and ready to face their bitter rivals, and with more Atleti players in the Spanish national team than previous seasons, it’s something the players talk about.

“Speaking with the Real Madrid players on international duty, it’s a game that everyone is excited about and likes the play,” Juanfran told the media.

“We’re eager to play them. It’s a different match for us, and for them, and every year the rivalry grows more intense and more beautiful.”

With almost a full strength squad for Atleti, it’s unknown if we will see the debut of Alessio Cerci, the deadline-day signing from Torino.

Or we may go all out, and the trident of Mandzukic, Jimenez and Griezmann will make enough appearance from the start.

But with Raul Garcia’s sensational record in the derby, along with his late, late goal against Madrid at the Bernabeu in August, I expect to see the Real Raul from the beginning.

 

Atlético match selection

Goalkeepers: Moya, Oblak
Defenders: Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Siqueira, Ansaldi, Gamez, Gimenez
Midfielders: Mario Suarez, Tiago, Koke, Gabi, Saul, Arda and Cerci
Forwards: Mandzukic, Jimenez, Griezmann and Raul Garcia.

 

 


  • Amr Misir Mukadaffi

    Anyone here knows a possible line up ?

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Let’s go guys…. no predictions please lol. I’ll br cheering my ass off

  • Ringo ST Gambo

    I’m thinking 1-2

  • Ringo ST Gambo

    I think the defense, defensive midfield, Koke and Mandzukic have a certain spot and then it’s about the tactical approach who out of Jimenez, Griezmann, Cerci and Garcia fill up the other two positions. Cerci and Jimenez would bring a lot of pace and surprise, since they’re the newest additions to La Liga.

    Personally I’d like to see Koke next to Gabi and all of Cerci, Griezmann, Jimenez and Mandzukic up front, but it’d depend on Cerci’s and Griezmann’s defensive work, so maybe Garcia would bring more certainty.

    long story short: I have no idea

    EDIT: Maybe Saul next to Gabi and Koke on his usual spot would be wisest.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Noooooo! I said no predictions 🙁

  • We beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, at the Calderon, and we beat them with Casillas as a starter .. there is no any complex left

    I believe that without the elbows of Alonso and the speed of Di Maria, Real Madrid is an easier opponent for us, and both Simeone & Ancelotti know that, but both won’t admitted it

    This is the 7th Derbi Madrileno in 2014, the record was 5 derbies in 1 year, which happened in 1928, 1929, 1959, 1964, 1980 & 1989
    and the credit is mainly for El Cholo .. who won’t be on the bench tonight !

    I believe we will start with this line up :
    Moya
    Juanfran – Miranda – Godin Siqueria
    Gabi – Tiago
    Koke – Arda – Raul Garcia
    Mandzukic

  • Brad

    I’ve got my shirt on and the match set up to stream on my computer. 5 min to go!

  • BlasiusMagnus

    u forgot the beer bro!

  • Brad

    It’s 2 pm here…maybe around halftime

  • Brad

    The wind blows and Blancos go down like a ton of bricks

  • Brad

    Tiago!!

  • Brad

    To quote the announcer “Again, Real Madrid caught with their knickers down”

  • Not only because of the goal, but Tiago is far better than Mario.

  • Siqueira really doesn’t know how to mark Ronaldo.

  • Brad

    Hey, we’d get more penalties if we played for the penalty instead of the goal and went flying when we get touched

  • Sure he was for the penalty but Siqueira was naive..

  • We are lacking creativity… Koke, Arda or Griezmann. But Koke is on the pitch.

  • And Jimenez can’t do anything right!

  • atletico-palestine

    Siquera is so weak definsevily… jimenez can be a striker for second division team and gabi is out of form.
    We need arda,greizman and ansaldi

  • Kevin

    They moved Ronaldo to the right once they figured out that Siqueira is no Filipe or Juanfran. Maybe we need Ansaldi in.

  • Brad

    HT 1-1…we really need to create chances

  • Brad

    Koke has looked defeated and lackluster since the World Cup…f*cking del Bosque…

  • Mrtn

    I’m totally amazed by the lack of any conception in our “play”, and this is our 5th game in a row with this “approach”.

    Disastrous performances in every game this season.
    We got an opponent here with literally no defensive midfield, sloppy defenders and we can’t put pressure on them for a second…incredible.
    This is unacceptable with over 100 M Euros spent… Cholo has to find out how to play not only defend, as this team is capable of much-much more.

    We need to change right now.

    Vamos Atleti

  • BlasiusMagnus

    it’s only count as drinking before 10 am! 🙂

  • Brad

    It would help if Cholo was allowed on the sidelines, but RFEF has conspired to keep him out as long as they can

  • BlasiusMagnus

    i really hope griezmann comes for 2nd half.

  • BlasiusMagnus

    since he is playing in the spanish NT, he couldnt perform as the last season koke.

  • Brad

    Halftime, poor play and a draw…time to break out the beer

  • Brad

    I have to say, I’m at least impressed with Moya

  • Brad

    …or don’t make a change at halftime…

  • Mrtn

    That’s sure but this perrformace is still horrible.
    And I don’t only mean today’s perfomance, but being outplayed by Rayo and Eibar.
    We got top quality attacking players and still can’t create chances or even keep possession for a while.

  • Brad

    Yeah, the team really needs to come together and play together…and play creatively.

  • Kris

    Can’t agree more!

  • Kris

    I actually agree. Gabi is out of form and Jimenez lacks confidence. Siqueira really does need to work on his defense. At this point I would rather have Ansaldi start over Siqueira.

  • Brad

    Arda on for Gabi…that’s an odd change

  • Brad

    And the ref misses a penalty on Bale…because he’s wearing white, he must do no wrong

  • Brad

    Griezmann on for Jimenez. That’s more like it

  • Brad

    Also Arda seems to overestimate the speed of his teammates

  • Brad

    So close for Arda

  • How I was missing Arda..

  • Brad

    …and Arda forgets he’s not as tall as mandzukic or RG8

  • I swear I said it before he scored. I swear!!!

  • Brad

    ARDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! And the Turk makes it 2-1. Welcome back!

  • Brad

    And mandzukic out for Mario Suarez…because neither Simeone nor Mono Burgos read our comments XD

  • Adnan Khan

    Where is the Arda haters now? Haha just love this guy. He gives everything

  • atletico-palestine

    Arda turaaaaaaaaaaan u are the man……
    Any one who said any single word at any time i can say clearly now…. SHUT UP…
    LOVE U TURAN

  • Brad

    RG8 with some class dodges Modrics attempted chin slap

  • Brad

    Mario does something productive and draws a yellow late on

  • Brad

    Then stupidly fouls to pick up his own

  • Brad

    Griezmann forgets that you’re supposed to put the ball between the posts instead of just vaguely into a net

  • Kris

    GREAT JOB!!

  • Brad

    And that’s in the bag. I guess it’s time we start using Ardas non-celebration and start expecting to beat Real Madrid.

  • Kris

    The days are long gone now where Real would win every single Derbi. It’s about Atletico now. We are here and we are here to stay atop for a long time! Vamos Atleti!!

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Well predicted. Well done

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    On to the next one!!!

  • Kris

    Mrtn. Do you still believe Arda didn’t want to play for Atletico and really was faking his injury? This is a massive win for us. And, I hope you realized how immensely the game changed after Arda and Griezmann came on.
    Antoine is a real gem, he is going to be doing wonders for us this season. The only solution to playing with Arda, Griezmann, and Koke at the same time is to drop Jimenez and play a 4-2-3-1 formation.

  • Brad

    BeIn sports has an awesome commercial for la Liga that makes it sound like Atleti are challenging in Game of Thrones

  • What a performance by Moyá!
    Oblak will need to be very very patient.

    And I’m so glad Do Maria is not in La Liga anymore. We can handle James.

  • See if you can find it on YouTube and send us the link.

  • Brad

    I just looked…I don’t think anyone has uploaded it yet. But it aired just after the game. I’ll have to look for it later

  • Brad

    That’s also why I’m not the manager…

  • 61 comments guys – wow! I should bring back the Live threads for these games!

  • David lee

    Koke isn’t himself as he doesn’t have a speedster like Costa to pass to. Koke hasn’t developed chemistry with the new attackers and therefore has not had the opportunity to showcase his intelligence and vision.

    Come on Griezmann and Cerci, step up make some intelligent and direct runs into the defense so we can see the Koke of old!!!

  • Brad

    You might want to discount my posting binge in the second half XD

  • Brad

    It should be interesting once Cerci gets in

  • which BeIN are you watching ?! .. I watch BeIN Arabic and I didn’t see it

  • Brad

    their english speaking channel that airs in the US

  • if La Liga was a “Game of Thrones” , what house would Atleti be ?!
    I would say The Starks

  • Brad

    Well, everyone wants to be a Stark. House Mormont has a bear and trees on their sigil…I don’t know if there is anyone with red and white stripes

  • Mormont is a great and honorable house too
    I don’t think there is a house with red and white sigil, but I was talking much about similarities in features, for example :
    Sevilla are Boltons

  • Jacob Levinstein

    What an awesome goal by Turan!!!!!!!!!