The last time Real Madrid visited the Vicente Calderón in a Liga BBVA game Los Blancos suffered a jaw-dropping 4-0 defeat to Simeone's men. Ancelotti's Madrid were never too comfortable against Atleti and that's something Benítez must improve this year.
Sevilla beat Barcelona yesterday and that means that Real Madrid could go ahead of Luis Enrique's men if they get a win at the Calderón, something that will not be easy. Antoine Griezmann is performing at a great level and José María Giménez is replacing Miranda with ease.
Real Madrid will need to be very careful with Atleti's set pieces and intensity. Simeone's men will have the physical edge in the midfield so Kroos and Modric must take care of the ball in order to avoid dangerous turnovers leading to counterattacks for Griezmann, Correa or Torres. It will also be crucial to recover Bale's best form after his injury. With the Welsh on the pitch playing behind the striker, Madrid's chances are bigger.
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Date & Time: Sunday, October 4 (20:30 local time, 14:30 EST).
Venue: Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain.
Projected Real Madrid XI: Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema.
Players to watch: Varane, Ronaldo, Bale.
TV Information: BeIN Sports (United States), Sky Sports 1 (UK) SuperSport 3 Africa (Kenya), Canal+ Partidazo (Spain), Others.
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