Matchday LIVE: Real Madrid vs. Atlético

Derby day in the capital as Simeone and Zidane face off for the first time

Plenty at stake in the Bernabéu

Plenty at stake in the Bernabéu

Less than three days after their Champions League trip to Eindhoven, goal-shy Atlético Madrid are back in action at the Bernabéu this afternoon in El Derbi madrileño.

The red and whites have not scored in around 4 and half hours of football, and will be looking to put that right against their neighbours who sit just a point behind them in the table in third place.

You can prepare for the match by reading our Match Preview.

Starting XIs

Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Danilo; Kroos, Modric, Isco; James, Ronaldo, Benzema.

Atlético: Oblak; Juanfran, Godín, Giménez, Filipe; Gabi, Augusto, Koke, Saúl; Griezmann, Torres.


 



  • atleti10

    Jesus the contrast between the two teams is stark. Real have 4 attack minded central midfielders on the pitch while we have 4 defensive cms. The only way I see us winning this is if Saul has a miracle game and bridges the gap between our back 8 and 2 forwards.

  • Koke

    Well… our front six players include 4 holding midfielders, one striker who is out of form and past his prime, and one supporting striker who is out of form and probably exhausted from playing almost every minute all season, where he has often been our only hope of scoring a goal. Note, I’m not being pessimistic or saying that I think we’ll lose! I’m only saying the truth. Let’s hope Koke, Saul, Torres, and Griezmann have the game of their lives. To be fair we played pretty well against Barcelona last time and honestly they are much better than Real Madrid this season.

    I’m a little disappointed that we aren’t starting a slightly more attack minded lineup. Madrid’s defense is overrated– Danilo is a joke, Carvajal is much better going forward than defending, Varane is good but inexperienced, and Ramos is a red-card hazard/penalty conceding hazard at any given time. Plus they have ZERO defensive midfielders. If we just attacked them I have no doubt we could create some good chances, just look at the 4-0 win we had over them last season. On the other hand, they do have some dangerous attackers and we are playing at their stadium so this is one of the RARE occasions I can forgive Simeone for a cautious and defensive line up.

    I really hope we win! Our chances of winning the league are pretty damn slim and there isn’t much of a practical difference between finishing 2nd and 3rd, but if we stay 2nd that’s a huge psychological advantage and shows the world we’re in the same category as “the big two”. Plus Villareal isn’t so far behind and God forbid we finish 4th…

  • Kris

    Look at the attack we have.. Oh wait, there is no attack!

  • Kris

    Aghhhh. Another dumb booking from Filipe.

  • Kris

    Impressed with Augusto so far. Orchestrates the midfield really well from deep. Very good passes as well.

  • Abdil Egriøz

    If our attackers were a bit more cynical we could easily win the treble

  • Kris

    Monstrous defense from Gimenez against James after losing the ball.

  • Kris

    Yes. Goal Griezmann. Shows up against a top 5 team today, doesn’t he?

  • Abdil Egriøz

    It was about time

  • Sanil

    Don’t want to speak too soon but Giménez has been really good today!

  • Abdil Egriøz

    That could’ve changed 2 minutes ago if ronaldo wasn’t so shit

  • Abdil Egriøz

    Give Juanfran a pay rise

  • Abdil Egriøz

    It seems like Gabi hasn’t lost the spirit from the 2013-14 season

  • colmiak

    agreed! defense and that lovely piece of skill! if only saul had finished that! great game for both of them either way 🙂

  • colmiak

    agreed! defense and that lovely piece of skill! if only saul had finished that! great game for both of them either way 🙂 !

  • Randy Ved Jawahir

    This game was a typical game in the 2013/2014 season
    My men of the match are: Augusto, Saul, Juanfran and Griezmann

  • Koke

    Good thing Real Madrid didn’t pull off an upset against their superior rivals… As usual, the better team won. XD

  • Sebastian Tataru

    torres played well too , he was gighting hard up top , impressed with him today

  • Kris

    Aupa!

  • Koke

    I was skeptical of the set up by Simeone but I gladly eat my words now. All four of the midfielders had great games. Saul is my new favorite player. Simply excellent where ever the hell he plays, from Center Back to forward and everything in between… Griezmann was also oozing class today… just perfect.

    Maybe Atleti is a team that can struggle to teams like Levante and Getafe but in big games, we are truly a world class team. We were the better team in two games against Madrid and were very unlucky in both games against Barca. If we stay this focused when it matters and our attackers and midfield gets more clinical, I don’t see why we don’t have a real chance at the Champion’s league… (But we have to get past PSV first)

  • Kris

    It’s always so fucking great to beat Real Madrid. Feeling so goood..

  • atleti10

    I’m soo happy with the win and the performance.

    Giminez is a beast, Saul gives everything for the team.. he’s out future captain, a hybrid of both Gabi and RG8 and will be better than both.

    Griezmann showed his class, he’s been going through a rough patch but he steps up in a massive game and scores with a neat finish.

    Aupa Atleti