A repeat of last years Champions League final, which ended 4-1 to Real Madrid, is in store for us in a quarter final, 1st leg match at the Vicente Calderón in Madrid, Spain this evening. One of the most historic and emotional derbies in world football Atletico vs Real has been notorious for play acting which means that the referee of tonight’s game will need to keep his cards in his pocket while controlling the temper of the match and the superstar players in an appropriate manner. Check out the Atletico vs Real Madrid Head to Head and Stats.
Real should have a fully fit squad available to them with Gareth Bale, who missed the win at Eibar through injury, “100% fit” according to manager, Carlo Ancelotti. James Rodríguez and Toni Kroos return from European suspension and should feature in this clash. The Atleti faithful will have the pleasure of being able to see Mario Mandzukic back in action as he has recovered from an ankle injury that ruled him out of the last 2 games.
History is in Atlético’s favour as they have not lost in the past 6 encounters against their great rivals. The most recent game ended 4-0 to Los Rojiblancos and their last loss against Real Madrid came in the Champions League final of last year. Atlético haven’t even lost a European game at home against Spanish opposition in their past 6 games (winning 5 and drawing 1). They have also kept 4 clean sheets in those 6 matches, will Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale break this outstanding record?
I can see both teams going all out to win this one, and therefore risking a very open game at the back, but I do believe that the result will be much to do with which manager employs the best tactics. A top competition serving up a very tasty looking encounter.
Atlético Madrid 2-2 Real Madrid