Lopetegui demands reaction from his Real side in Madrid derby against Atletico

Gelson Martins Atletico Madrid 2018

Gelson Martins Atletico Madrid 2018

The full-back is expected to be out for around two weeks, with his availability for Real's Champions League trip to CSKA Moscow on Tuesday also in doubt.

But after back-to-back wins Atletico come into Saturday's game just two points behind Barcelona, who top the table on goal difference, and Real - who drew away at Athletic Bilbao before being hammered 3-0 by Sevilla on Wednesday.

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has responded to Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos' comments after he labelled the Frenchman "ignorant".

Sevilla have benefited the most from the stumbling form of the usual suspects and are now third after winning three games on the bounce, including thrashing Real 3-0 last Wednesday.

With a hard Champions League trip to play Tottenham in midweek, Valverde must again consider squad rotations, when Barca take on his former club, Athletic Club Bilbao on Saturday afternoon. "I'm happy because the team showed pride, personality and played good football". They're experts at keeping clean sheets thanks to the experience, leadership and defensive nous they have across the team. The 36-year-old has reffed both Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid this season with the rojiblancos drawing with Eibar and Real Madrid beating Girona.

"We have to approach each game in the best possible way and get the maximum number of points possible", he told the media.




Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez has ruled out ever making a future move to Real Madrid saying it would be "unthinkable". "We created some clear scoring chances".

There were worries about Julen Lopetegui after his side were dismantled in a 4-2 victory by their city rivals in the Super Cup, his first competitive match as Los Blancos manager, but they won five of the next seven games.

The hosts then edged the second half, with young attacker Marco Asensio almost scoring with a close-range effort that was well saved by Atletico keeper Jan Oblak.

Courtois spent three seasons at Atletico on loan from Chelsea but this was his first Madrid derby for Real. "Atletico are a great team with a fine collection of players".

The derby: "I expect it to be a tight game, demanding and highly competitive".

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