With less than 24 hours until the first Madrid Derby of the 2019/20 season, it’s important the club remains focused and prepares for the match with as much confidence as possible.
Throughout the last few games in LaLiga, they’ve been lucky enough to slowly turn around their bad luck and tomorrow is another big test against Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid as the Real Madrid looks for revenge.
Back in the summer, both teams met in East Rutherford, New Jersey as the headlining match during the 2019 International Champions Cup. Remember that one? Well, how could you forget? Zinedine Zidane’s side were blown apart 7-3 by their city rivals.
An on-point Diego Costa scored four goals, (while also making a mockery of Sergio Ramos) and teenage superstar Joao Felix scored his first for the club and bagged two assists. Angel Correa and Vitolo were also able to score for their club.
In Madrid’s case, they were not able to put one past Jan Oblak until the 59th-minute thanks to Nacho. The other two goals came from Karim Benzema and Javier Hernandez Carerra.
But what’s important to remember is that all of this is in the past. No matter what has happened in previous matches between these two clubs, the only important thing to focus on is tomorrow’s game and not getting too confident will be key to success.
Since starting the new season, Real have experienced a mix of up and downs in the league and overall have had more difficulty than they would like.
The team came out strong with a 3-1 win over Celta Vigo in the league opener but then drew their second and third games of the season and sat fifth in the standings.
Atletico Madrid, on the other hand, started the season with nine points after three games and were first in the league
As the season continued into week six, things took a turn for either club. Real claimed wins over Levante, Sevilla and Osasuna and propelled themselves into first place. While a loss to Real Sociedad and a draw against Celta Vigo dragged Atletico down to third.
Right now, Zidane’s men are on a high as they make their way to the Wanda Metropolitano but while things have been going well, they still have to put in the work and make sure to not approach this game with any expectations.
Another strong defensive performance lead by Raphael Varane and Ramos will need to be on display to slow down the efforts of Costa and Felix. The pair have already proved to be detrimental when playing at full speed so there’s no margin error (again).
Some more midfield recruits like Luka Modric and Isco might have the opportunity to play again after been sidelined due to injury which should help. Maintaining Benzema’s recent form will also be something the club hopes stays in top shape.
In the pre-match press conference, Zidane said the game is going to be a pretty even match despite the lopsided scoreline in July and they’re only focusing on this particular game.
“We’re prepared to put in a big performance. We will have to put in a lot of things, not just intensity. I’m not thinking about the negatives, just about a big game tomorrow, explained the Frenchman”
“If we are in the match from the first to the last minute we will do well.”
Simeone also emphasized how his team has to remain focused to claim the three points.
“They have great players, a great coach and we will have to take the match in the direction we want to go,” said Simeone.
“These games are always very tight and are decided by details”
Atletico can, and have, ripped apart Real but Los Blancos have the same amount of talent to do the same. As long as they focus on what is in front of them and don’t expect a win, they can produce quality on the pitch.
So are you ready Madridistas? It’s going to be a bloody game.