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Madrid Derby Could Decide 2013-2014 Liga BBVA Title

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Should Real win the Madrid Derby, the Liga BBVA title would be much closer. And if Atlético prevail, they will stop Ancelotti's momentum.

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

There's a lot at stake in tomorrow's Derby. With Real Madrid leading the table three points ahead of city rivals Atlético Madrid and also FC Barcelona, a win by Ancelotti's team would almost mean the end of the Liga BBVA title for Atlético de Madrid. A draw could also be a positive result considering that FC Barcelona will visit the Santiago Bernabéu on March 23rd.

And yet, if Atlético de Madrid manage to end Real Madrid's winning-streak, all three teams would be even at the top of the table -Barcelona should have an easy job against Almería at the Camp Nou-.

That is why this Derby is so important for both clubs. Atlético de Madrid will likely play with more intensity than in the Copa del Rey Semifinals. In that cup tie, Real Madrid easily defeated the rojiblancos 5-0 on aggregate. The fans at the Vicente Calderón know how important this match is for Atleti, so expect a rough game.