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Atletico Madrid Vs. Real Madrid, La Liga 2012 Match Thread: Mourinho, Simeone Swinging For The Fences

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Update, 21:07 PM CET: We've confirmed Mourinho's starting XI, and posted it below.


It's time, madridistas. The derbi is on hand. And we have a little bit to report: while it initially appeared that Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone would have to sit star striker Radamel Falcao because of a flu virus, reports indicate that he will start up top for the colchoneros tonight. That only makes José Mourinho's (and Real Madrid's) task tougher tonight, as Falcao has consistently been one of the best strikers in Spain.

But there is some good news for Madrid: it looks like Angel Di Maria, who created two goals last time the blancos played the rojiblancos, will start for Real Madrid tonight. While the reports haven't been confirmed officially, Marca has reported his inclusion all afternoon on their website. And we all know how great Marca are at predicting things...oh, wait, I'm getting word now that Marca might be the worst "real" news organization in the world at this. Ah. Incidentally, they're also reporting that Marcelo won't start tonight because...they didn't see him get off the bus? I don't know anymore, y'all.

En fin. This is it. Madrid need to win tonight, and there aren't any more options. Consider this your place to talk about the match, celebrate, commiserate, blather drunkenly...whatever it is that you do on here (and we love you all). Let's be respectful, calm (as calm as we can be), and do our best to enjoy the match. We're all here to enjoy the match, and to share in our love of the greatest team of all time. Hasta el final, vamos Real!

Atlético Madrid XI: Courtois, Juanfran, Perea, Godín, Filipe Luis, Gabi, Tiago, Diego, Arda Tura, Adrián and Falcao.

Real Madrid XI: Not confirmed. Iker Casillas; Alvaro Arbeloa, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao; Khedira, Xabi Alonso; Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaká, Angel Di María; and Karim Benzema.

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