Monday, 19 November, 2018

Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico Madrid

Frederick Owens | 09 April, 2017, 05:07

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane refuses to look beyond Saturday's derby with Atletico Madrid as they aim to take another step towards a first title since 2012. "James is important for us - just like the rest are and he is going to continue being important for me, for the team and for everyone".

Griezmann has been linked with Manchester United, PSG and even Real Madrid this season.

Real were comfortable winners when they met their neighbours at the Calderon in November, triumphing 3-0, but Atleti have stabilised since Christmas. "I will remember just that he played a good game".

Atletico, which added the draw to wins at Real in the last three league campaigns, stayed in third place, 10 points back.

Unlike his counterpart in the Real Madrid dugout, Diego Simeone has quite a few injury concerns to deal with, with as many as six players sidelined due to fitness issues for the cross city trip to the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Now it is a different story.

"I always believe in my team and my teammates. We are more complete now".

Inflicting a blow on Real's bid for a first league title in five years would be some measure of sweet revenge for Atletico. He also contributed to its 4-0 rout of Madrid at home in the 2014-15 season.

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Atletico can turn with confidence still high to the Champions League, where it hosts Leicester on Tuesday in the quarterfinals the same day that Barcelona visits Juventus.

Real captain Sergio Ramos has been Atletico's bete noire in recent times, scoring in both the Champions League finals between the sides.

- Keylor Navas has conceded more goals against Atletico as Real Madrid's keeper than against any other side (eight - all competitions).

"You can't constantly live with what you have won in the past".

Here is how you can watch the derby. It is all to play for in these closing stages and everything we have done so far is irrelevant - we are playing for La Liga and the Champions League.

Real Madrid face a defensive crisis ahead of huge clashes against Bayern Munich and Barcelona after Pepe suffered a double rib fracture in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid.

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