Real Madrid are back on top of La Liga after a hard-fought 2-0 win over Getafe, but they lost another defender in the process. Antonio Rüdiger’s injury puts a question mark over his availability for the upcoming derby against Atlético Madrid. But fear not, Madridistas! Coach Carlo Ancelotti is confident he’ll be ready for the clash, the third clash between the city rivals this season (one win, one loss each).
Madrid have proven adept at overcoming player absences throughout the season, and this is their chance to put a serious dent in Atleti’s already slim title hopes. With a 10-point lead and boasting a nine-game unbeaten home run against their city rivals, the Bernabéu faithful are buzzing for this big-city showdown.
However, Atlético shouldn’t be underestimated. Since their Super Cup heartbreak, they’ve won five straight games, including sweet revenge in the Copa del Rey with a 4-2 victory. Coach Diego Simeone rested key players midweek, so they could be fresher than their hosts. Their aim? To end a winless streak at the Bernabéu stretching back to February 2016.
Both teams have key players returning from injury. Madrid’s Joselu, who scored twice against Getafe and netted against Atleti in the Copa del Rey, could be a real threat, especially in the later stages of the game. On the other side, Álvaro Morata is back for Atleti, hoping to add to his tally of three goals against his former club this season.
History suggests a close encounter. Three of the last four derbies saw a 1-1 scoreline in the second half, so expect a tense and exciting battle until the final whistle. Buckle up, football fans, this is one you won’t want to miss!