Live Match Real Madrid VS Atl.Madrid April 8 2018 Kick Off 14:15 GMT
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It is Madrid derby week, and while the title is beyond these two teams, there are still plenty of talking points for Real Madrid supporters and Atletico when going into Sunday’s game.
Isco also seems to have found his form after his recent hat-trick for Spain against Argentina. Notably, Marco Asensio whose ability to create something from nothing has also become very important for Zidane.
Gareth Bale is also expected to start the Sunday game after his stunning performance of two goals against Las Palmas on Saturday, and a hat-trick for Wales against China during the international break. Zidane will need goals on Sunday because Madrid are taking on an Atletico team that is still arguably the best organised in European football.
Meanwhile the contrast between the two defences this season has been huge. In fact, it is the biggest since Diego Simeone became manager in 2011.
That is all due to Madrid’s vulnerability at the back. They currently have their worst defensive record in eight years and have conceded more goals than nearby Getafe this season.
With Koke in fine form and providing fluidity in midfield, Antoine Griezmann will fancy his chances of scoring a repeat of his winning goal at the Bernabeu in 2016.
But he is not the only Atletico striker to have scored the only goal of the game in this fixture. This will be Diego Costa‘s first game for Atletico at the Bernabeu since scoring there in 2013 in Athletico shirt.
Costa caused all sorts of problems for Sergio Ramos that day and although he still enjoys the fight, he is now picking his moments and showing signs of greater maturity.
Costa is the one who is helping them to score goals on the counter-attack and stretching opponents by occupying their defenders. The statistics since he arrived show his influence.