Match preview: Atlético Madrid vs. Real Madrid

Atlético hope to overturn a 3-1 deficit against Real Madrid in Copa del Rey quarter-final

Atletico madrid defenders alvaro dominguez and filipe luis defend real madrid's cristiano ronaldo

Domínguez and Filipe defend Cristiano Ronaldo

Atlético host Real Madrid at the Vicente Calderón on Thursday evening in the second leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-final.

Los Blancos hold a significant 3-1 advantage coming into the clash, but a 55,000 strong Rojiblanco stadium will hope to be the shot-in-the-arm that boosts the side over their eternal rivals. All the supporters expect in return is for their players to give their all on the pitch.

“The fans will witness a team that will offer its best version,” manager Quique Sanchez Flores told the official site ahead of the derby. “We know that our supporters will push us.

“With what we have, together with their support, we can achieve this.”

Atleti will need to win by either a 2-0 margin or, in the event of a Real Madrid goal, by at least three goals in order to punch their ticket into the next round.

Despite not being able to count on our best attacking threat for this game in Sergio Agüero, our boys will be confident in their offensive potential. Our ‘Kun-less’ side that faced off against Mallorca on Monday was able to put three past goalkeeper Dudu Aouate.

Central defender Luis Perea was a doubt throughout the week after missing out from our last match with tonsillitis, but appears to have recovered and looks set to return to the fold.

“Perea is doing very well,” said Quique. “He’s been in bed for two days, but he’s now in good condition.

“Perea at 80 per cent is equivalent to 150 per cent of other players. He’s very strong.”

Mario Suarez remains sidelined with his thigh injury, and Antonio Lopez is suspended for this game after being sent-off on Monday.

Quique called up canteranos Koke, Alberto Perea and Borja to round out our match selection.

Real Madrid struggled against lowly Almería this past weekend, managing only a 1-1 draw, leaving them trailing Barcelona in the league table. Still in with a chance of silverware in both the Copa del Rey and Champions League, we can expect Real Madrid to give nothing but their best in search of a first trophy in three years.

“We will qualify for the next round if we draw against Atletico, so a draw would be a good score,” José Mourinho told Real Madrid’s official site.

The self-anointed Special One had some bold things to say about his squad’s character in spite of the dropped points against los Almerienses.

“Have you ever seen Real Madrid experience difficulties in the final minutes of a game? No. This is a side that dominates.”

The match against Barcelona at the Camp Nou must have slipped past the Merengue boss’ memory.

“This squad always does its best. My men are serious professionals. I don’t have to tell them anything,” he said.

For this encounter, Mourinho turned in the same exact match selection as the one he submitted for the first leg at the Bernabéu.

Sevilla, who saw off Villarreal at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán on Tuesday by defeating the Yellow Submarine 3-0 (6-3), await the winner of this match in the next round.

Atletico match selection:
Goalkeepers: De Gea, Joel
Defenders: Valera, Filipe Luis, Godín, Ujfalusi, Álvaro Domínguez, Perea,
Midfielders: Tiago, Raúl García, Elías, Fran Mérida, Paulo Assunção, Reyes, Juanfran, Koke, Alberto Perea
Forwards: Forlán, Diego Costa and Borja

Real Madrid match selection:
Goalkeepers: Casillas, Adán, Pacheco
Defenders: Carvalho, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Arbeloa, Albiol, Garay
Midfielders: Gago, Khedira, Lass, Granero, Xabi Alonso, Canales, Di María, Kaká, Özil
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo and Benzema

Referee: Javier Turienzo Álvarez

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Who do you think Quique will line up against our bitter rivals?

  • Forza Rojiblancos! Vamos Atlético, vamos!

  • javi

    This is our night, we will exorcise the spirits from the past 11 years. Forlan will come thru and we will crush the meregue cry babys. AUPA ATLETI.

  • Ringo Schut

    two players to be dropped, I’m guessing A. Perea and Borja, but I’m hoping for A. Perea and Garcia.

  • Nipe

    I don’t wanna jinx anything but I have a strong feeling this one is going into overtime, and if we get to kick the douche bags out of the competition in penalties with De Gea putting on a show… Man that would be sweet.

  • Sergio Lopez

    It would be very hard to score twice without Sergio Agüero & with Diego Forlán is such conditions, but it would be also hard not to conceal…

  • RojiBlanco

    Watch out guys, you are getting hopeful. Never ever have hope or faith in Atleti. :p

  • Javi

    RojiBlanco what are you talking about, were would we be without hope…

  • starvs

    Javi, probably in the real world…

  • javi

    yes but we are dreamers, that why we are Atleti fans and not barca or Rm fans

  • szymon22

    Atletico 2-0 Real!

  • SpeGo

    If the formation will be what MARCA is saying at the moment, then im very happy. More games for Merida and his confindence will keep growing. Reyes-Merida-Juanfran is an exciting trio and pretty creative one and thats what i like. Elias didnt convince in his first game but lets give him time and support and then we will see if he is up to task. I have a good feeling and i tink this night can be a start of something big. My dream would be that Borja comes from the bench and makes it 2-0 after nutmegin Ronaldo. Come on Atletiiiii!

  • Sash

    Today is my 21th birthday, I celebrate it by watching the game and wishing for a win!

    Borja 4-1 94′

  • k14

    I always have classes at the same time as atleti game :/

  • starvs

    You mean to say, you always skip classes at the same time as the atleti game?