After suffering back to back defeats from their city rivals Atletico Madrid in the last two fixtures between the sides, Real Madrid will be looking for a payback when Atletico Madrid will visit the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday evening. Even though they have got the better of their city rivals off late, Atletico Madrid will be aware of the threat Real Madrid will pose against them.
While they haven’t made the most ideal of starts in 2015 as they lost twice in a matter of 3 days away from home. but with a win against Espanyol in the first LA LIGA weekend of 2015, Real Madrid would be hoping to go on another winning streak.
Looking at Atletico Madrid and weighing their chances coming into this match, the reigning LA LIGA Champions will want to put their recent defeat against Barcelona out of their minds when they will meet Real Madrid.
And keeping in mind the 2 goal advantage which they will carry from the 1st Leg of Copa del Rey coming into this match, odds will be on Atletico Madrid to qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition
Even though Real Madrid has huge depth in their squad, Carlo Ancelotti won’t have to test his team’s resolve as the Italian has a full squad to choose from against Atletico on Thursday.
Thus, apart from Luka Modric who is a long term absentee from the Real Madrid starting lineup due to the injury he acquired in the Euro qualifier, Diego Simeone will have to face the wrath of a fully fit Real Madrid side.
Taking a look on the Atletico Madrid side that will lineup against Real Madrid, Diego Simeone has the benefit of a fully fit squad as all of his players are available for selection in this fixture.
Thus, even though they were humbled by Barcelona on Sunday at the Camp Nou, the reigning LA Liga Champions would prove to be a stern test for Real Madrid. And according to news coming from various media outlets, Fernando Torres could lead the attack for Atletico Madrid.
Revenge time for Atletico Madrid
Although Atletico eventually won the LA LIGA last season, Diego Simeone would be hoping to get revenge from his city rivals in knockout stages. Last season both in the Champions League as well as in the COPA DEL REY, it was Real Madrid that eventually knocked Atletico out of the competition on both occasions.
So apart from winning the match and capitalize on a two goal lead which they have in their pocket, Diego Simeone and Co. would be hoping to settle some scores as well.
• In the last 6 meetings between these sides at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid has won just 2 fixtures with 3 victories for Atletico Madrid in the same era
• Both of these sides have met 41 times in the COPA DEL REY before, Real Madrid lead with 17 victories while Atletico Madrid aren’t too far as they have managed 13 victories in the meantime as well