We’ve a classic on our hands this Saturday as Real Madrid take on fiery neighbours Atletico Madrid in a high stakes La Liga derby as they look to close the title gap on Barcelona.
Whilst the recent results between these two sides have been somewhat lop-sided recently, it remains fierce and, at times, quite ugly. Los Blancos have won the last three consecutive La Liga derbies against Atletico at the Santiago Bernabeu, but Diego Simeone’s men have a history of making life difficult for the regning Spanish and European champions.
Real Madrid head into the weekend on a high, having totally dismantled a hapless Liverpool side 5-2 in the Champions League last 16 first-leg at Anfield on Tuesday night. Notwithstanding, the Merengues‘ rallied from two goals down added to the occasion and once again showcased their European pedigree. That was a fifth successive victory for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, a streak that has also seen them lift the FIFA Club World Cup along the way.