It's time for Zinedine Zidane to make a statement. His first couple of games as Real Madrid's coach were encouraging but his team have struggled away from the Santiago Bernabéu, drawing two games out of four. Atlético de Madrid will surely be the toughest opponent he's faced since he took over and a win against Real's neighbors would likely give the players some useful momentum for the demanding games that will be ahead in the Champions League if they keep their 0-2 lead to AS Roma.
Real Madrid will be forced to play without Marcelo and Gareth Bale, two key players and undisputed starters that will be out for at least two more weeks. Benzema and Varane are back though, and they will surely give their team a much needed boost.
Los Blancos will need to be careful with Antoine Griezmann, who has been playing excellent football this season. Defending set pieces will also be crucial.
Location: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, España.
Kick-off time: 16:00 PM CET, 10:00 AM Eastern.
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Atlético projected XI:
Oblak, Juanfran, Giménez, Godín, Filipe Luis, Saúl, Augusto, Gabi, Koke, Griezmann, Torres.
Real Madrid projected XI:
Navas, Danilo, Varane, Ramos, Carvajal, Kroos, Modric, Isco, James, Ronaldo, Benzema.