Top-tier teams Real Madrid and local city rivals Atletico Madrid have been battling to be the number one team in the Spanish Capital for years and the Derby is always one of the highlights of the season.
The history between the clubs in engraved into the souls of the Spanish people, plus their fans across the world so the result of every game of course is huge. Did you win?
You don’t dare ask about losing because there really is only one question: did you win?
Looking ahead at the upcoming pre-season, both teams will be participating in the 2019 International Champions Cup in North America and the Madrid Derby is one of the most anticipated games of the tournament.
Yes, this is just pre-season we are talking about here and whatever the outcome is it will not have an affect on the league or the upcoming season but it still prove to be a big test for either club.
Historically speaking, Real Madrid have an edge when it comes to wins versus Atletico Madrid with 110 games going in their favour compared to Atletico’s 56 but over the last few years, wins have been hard to come by.
Looking at the league over the last two seasons, Real Madrid have only won two out of six matchups and drew that last four. Interestingly, all four draws either ended 0-0 or 1-1.
In different tournaments, the club has managed to edge their rivals twice in the Champions League (2015/16 final and 2016/17 semi-finals) but were also ripped apart during the UEFA Super Cup in 2018 losing 2-4 after extra time.
Then add in the fact that Atletico topped Real Madrid in the LaLiga standings for the second year in a row it is easy to see things are not going as well as they used to.
So now after coming off a terrible season, this pre-season match up holds a lot of weight.
Both clubs are interested in revamping their squad and coming out better than ever to give the league the Madrid Derby’s it deserves. One full of physicality, stength, style and ultimately...goals.
As of today, Atletico’s former forward Antoine Griezmann has officially signed a contract with Barcelona and while they might have lost their star player, they have re-stocked themselves with talent in no time.
In response, Diego Simeone’s side have signed Hector Herrera, Marcos Llorente (yes, our former midfielder) and teenage star Joao Felix amongst others.
Real Madrid themselves have also had a chance to revamp. With three different coaches and losing their goal machine Cristiano Ronaldo, the club has changed their style to bring in younger talent.
After returning to the club, Zinedine Zidane now has the fresh legs of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Vinicius Jr., and Eder Militao plus more to use and hopefully enhance that winning record.
Slowly but surely, both clubs are approaching the changing of the guard and though it is a big change, it is one we need for the rivalry to grow and improve.
As a result, this game should draw a pretty big audience and both teams will look to come out on top to start this new era off with the right foot. One without Ronaldo and Griezmann but with Felix and Vinicius Jr.
Real Madrid will face Atletico Madrid on July 26th, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey.