Resurgent Atletico aim win at Real's Santiago Bernabeu — Madrid derby

Arnold Nichols
October 2, 2018

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

Following on from their straightforward victory over Roma in their opening Champions League fixture two weeks ago, however, Madrid have a chance to take another step towards retaining their European crown for a fourth year in a row.

The Los Blancos' coach told the postmatch news conference that he felt his team had dominated the game and deserved to win, while lamenting "adversity" which included another muscle injury for galactico Gareth Bale. Nevertheless his battle with Ramos and Varene is likely to be a key factor in what promises to be a vital game and one which Lopetegui probably needs to win more than Simeone.

Curren champion Barcelona ended in a draw the match against Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

"Right from a young age, I dreamed of playing for Real Madrid, the best team in the world". He watches all football matches, but has a bias for worldwide football.

Vinicius Junior said his Real Madrid debut is a day he will never forget after the teenage star made his bow against city rivals Atletico Madrid.

Julen Lopetegui's side have only won two of their last five matches (D2 L1).

'We're looking at this as a marathon, the whole season, the bigger picture. He is, above all, a team player; a player who puts the collective before everything.

After the match, Ramos also touched on the situation: "I have not spoken with Griezmann, regardless of the opinion of each other, one must always have the utmost respect for a fellow professional".

Ramos also left the pitch, voluntarily, for a bleeding eyebrow and Diego Godin managed briefly to halt play while trying to persuade Juan Martinez Munuera to consult VAR. "We have to move on as quickly as possible because we have a great challenge ahead in the derby against Atletico".

"We are getting used to winning again", said Atletico's Filipe Luis, while Angel Correa added: "This is the Atletico we want".

Lopetegui said it was too early yet to say how long Bale would be out for, with October 28's Clasico at Barcelona already coming into view, while praising the contribution of young midfielder Dani Ceballos off the bench.

"I was surprised to see him in white, yes".

"The goals will come, I don't have any doubts about that".

At the start of the second half there was silence in the stands of Santiago Bernabeu Stadium when fans saw that Bale did not come out of the locker room after halftime. "We've only just begin but I'm delighted with the motivation and predisposition the players have shown".

"I look beyond the last game when I look at Madrid", Simeone said. "That could be this group, we must keep improving what we are doing. We can't get too carried away with the victories nor get too concerned with the losses".

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