Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid will be measured this Saturday (9:00 p.m.) in the Wanda Metropolitano in a derby that should serve to check the current sensations of two somewhat hesitant teams at this start of the season, although Madrid players arrive aupados to a leadership to which the premises aspire.
The two neighbors of the capital are separated only by a point after an irregular start of Santander League for both of them and in which the two have already left points both in their stadiums and at home.
Those of Zinedine Zidane they stumbled in two days in a row with two draws against Valladolid, in the Bernabéu, and Villarreal, and those of Diego Pablo Simeone They took an advantage that they lost after falling in the Reale Arena and tied in the Wanda Metropolitano against Celta.
The first place and three league victories in a row, the last two without fitting, have reinforced the Madrid team, 'touched' after being thrashed at its premiere in the Champions League by PSG. The mattress was not too good until last Wednesday after three discreet games (Real, Juventus and Celta), but took a breath with victory and some improvement in the game at Son Moix.
However, none of this is valid when facing a derby, always matched from the arrival of 'Cholo' on the Atlético bench, but that, on the contrary, has been adverse in the last three seasons where he has not been able to win the 13-time European champion. In a tonic of Racanos matches, of the last six games in the League, only two have ended with victory, both in the rojiblanco fief and in favor of Real Madrid (0-3 --16-17-- and 1-3 --18 -19--), while the rest have been draws, two to one goal and two without goals. In fact, Simeone has only been able, counting the Champions League, to win one (2-1 in the semifinal round of the 16-17 Champions) of the nine derbies he has played since he won the first game of this type that measured him with Zidane on the Madrid bench on February 27, 2016 (0-1).
Breaking this streak and accessing the provisional leadership would reinforce a new project that seemed superior to its rival in the summer, when he beat him mercilessly in New Jersey for a blushing 3-7, and that has failed to take off at the start of the season official, where the arrival of many new players has been somewhat noticed.
But that game will presumably differ greatly from what will be seen this Saturday andn the Metropolitan where Real Madrid will seek to hit the table that appeases all the dust raised since the start of the preseason. The merengue set is not yet completely fine and knows that another night like the one at the Parque de los Princes will raise criticism again.
Joao Felix and Hazard, on examination
Two weeks ago, Zidane he lamented some lack of "intensity" of his before the French champion and his men can not forget that one of the keys to having options will be to match or overcome the pressure to which a Athletic, which is probably the one that tries to dominate in the beginning in search of the goal that forces the visitors to take the initiative before its solid defensive structure.
The derby will also serve to examine the leadership and ability of those identified as emblems of both sets. Portuguese Joao Felix He faces the first big game for his fans and will want to show that his price and youth do not scare him in such a special duel, while on the opposite side, the Belgian Eden Hazard expect to start showing a few gallons offered to droppers.
Both will be holders in this derby that will be lost by penalty Álvaro Morata, which can motivate Simeone to place the benfiquista pearl in attack with a Diego Costa who finally scored against Mallorca and who signed a triplet in the preseason duel and a tense encounter with Carvajal.
The 'Cholo' does not seem very willing to give up threesome Thomas-Saul-Koke in the middle and the place that remains in the middle could be for a Lemar who did not play in Palma de Mallorca, although he could also choose Joao Felix as in Son Moix and put Vitolo up in an eleven more offensive and to which Trippier will return and Giménez in defense after his break last Wednesday.
For its part, Zidane seems to recover Modric, Isco and Marcelo, although it remains to be seen if any of them will be of the game. The Croatian and the Brazilian have options, which would leave out James Rodriguez as a companion to Kroos and Casemiro, and Nacho in a defense that seeks his third match without fitting.
Above, next to a rested Benzema, who hopes to transfer his good scoring streak to an Atlético who is not doing too well, and Hazard, a Bale that last year marked the final 1-3 with apparent cut of sleeves in the cdelebration .
ATHLETIC OF MADRID: Oblak; Trippier, Giménez, Savic, Lodi; Joao Felix, Thomas, Saul, Koke; Vitolo and Diego Costa.
REAL MADRID: Courtois; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Bale, Benzema and Bale.
-REFEREE: González González (C. Castilian-Leon).
-STADIUM: Metropolitan Wanda
-HOUR: 21.00 / Movistar LaLiga match.
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