The match between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid will take place at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, Spain on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 11am Pacific.
The Madrid Derby will be a battleground once again. A Champions League final and a Super Cup have been the most recent encounters. Last year Real was unable to beat Atleti in La Liga, since the red and whites conquered the Bernabéu and drew at the Calderón. With a few important injuries, new players and a historic rivalry, the match will deliver great entertainment.
A rough start of the season has put the team in an uncomfortable position. Winning two trophies will force you to better yourself the following season. On top of that, selling some key players will put even more pressure on new signings, who will be expected to excel right away. Kroos has been the best one so far, with James struggling to find his place and Keylor waiting for his moment.
Carlo Ancelotti kept himself from revealing the lineup, stating that he has some doubts. Nevertheless, we know Carvajal, Khedira and Jesé are definitely not available. He didn’t say if he will change the system, but it seems that he will think long and hard to make the best out of the match. Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema will be key in this game, since they need to lead Madrid out of the rough start.
For our in-depth analysis of the possible starting lineup, please visit this link.
With Cholo Simeone continuing his suspension, Mono Burgos will be the one on the sidelines. Los Colchoneros have all of their men available. Since Arda’s returning from an injury, he’s unlikely to start. However, their start to La Liga hasn’t been all good. Atleti had to restructure the team after selling many stars, so it’s normal for all players to take a while to adjust.
Griezmann, Mandžukić, Koke and Raúl García will carry the attacking force. Their ability to find spaces, predict a teammates movement and conquer set pieces will be key. Through these strengths, the team has been able to complicate life for Real recently. While they did lose some great players, the backbone of the team is intact. Because of this, Atleti sure look like the team to be more comfortable on the pitch.
Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid Prediction
Atleti have a win and a draw, while Real have a win and a loss. This should still be a very tough match, with not too many goals. Los Blancos will try to take the ball and create many chances. On the other hand, Los Colchoneros will wait for an error and keep their brilliant defense unbreakable. It will come down to the individual talents and plays to decide the game.
Real Madrid 0 – 1 Atlético Madrid
Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid TV Schedule
The game will be broadcast on beIN Sports and its online streaming service. For your local time please check here.