27 February 2016, 16:00 GMT+1
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu
Referee: Carlos Clos Gomez
Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I’m very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that. Bill Shankly (former Liverpool coach)
Yes… This Madrid derby is not only a principled match, but also a crucial one in terms of direct competition in the league.
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Taking into account only 1 point gap between the teams, the game is expected to become a real clash for the second position in the league. Moreover, Barcelona leading the table with 8 point difference over Atletico leaves no room for the teams from Madrid to agree on a draw… after all, it is not the second place the teams are fighting for… they both have the ambition to win the league…
Atletico Madrid lost only 4 games from last 15 Madrid derbies. The first leg October game between the teams was a draw (1-1). Now, both of the teams need to show which one is dominating the good City Madrid. Moreover, taking into account their direct competition in the league, the head to head results may become crucial for table positioning at the end of the season.
Real Madrid has scored most amount of goals in Spanish La Liga so far (71). Atletico Madrid, in turn, has conceded the least amount of goals (11). This may imply that one team have an amazing attack, another one a firm defense. Moreover, each positional line has an outstanding figure in it: Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Godin. A central defender and a forward able to play everywhere on the field… They will surely meet during the game… and not once…
Coach: Zinedine Zidane
The injured: G. Bale, Pepe (?)
Coach: Diego Simeone
The injured: Tiago, S. Savic, Y. Carrasco (?), Th. Partey
By: Inga Voskerchian