Atletico visit Real in key Madrid derby on Saturday

Posted October 02, 2018

With the confidence gained by its recent domination on the home field of its eternal enemy, Atletico went straight after Real Madrid, reducing the impetus of Gareth Bale and finding in Lemar its key player for keeping its rival off balance, reports Efe.

Meeting for the second time this season, although Atletico Madrid could not replicate the memorable win recorded in the UEFA Super Cup earlier this year, Diego Simeone's side will be undoubtedly pleased with tonight's 0-0 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos insists there was no problem with Antoine Griezmann during Saturday's 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.

Of the preferred 11 that started a 4-0 win over PSV Eindhoven two weeks ago, eight started at least one of the three games since on the bench. The Europa League champion was a 4-2 victor in extra time in the UEFA Super Cup final in August.

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Sevilla take the feel good factor from their victory against Real Madrid to Eibar's Ipurua Stadium, where last season the Basque side inflicted a 5-1 defeat on Saturday's visitors.

"Things are always changing in soccer", Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui said Friday.

Real's best chance fell to Marco Asensio but Jan Oblak was quickly out to smother the danger.

Thibaut Courtois' move to Real Madrid came as a surprise to Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.

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Reflecting on his first senior appearance, having starred for Madrid's Castilla side, Vinicius told Real Madrid TV: "I'm really pleased to have made my first appearance in a Real Madrid shirt".

"It will be a very hard match, like every match against Real Madrid", Atletico coach Diego Simeone said.

Griezmann attempted an audacious volley that flew over and then came his team's best chance when he only had Courtois to beat. "We're focused on our goal and that is to be league champions and to achieve this we need the support and energy from the fans".

"We have not won because we didn't score but overall we have been very superior", Lopetegui said.

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Ronaldo has scored three goals and set up four more in his seven games for Juve, earning five man of the match awards for his heroics. "It was a pity not to win today".