NEWS | 12/12/2020 | Javier VázquezAfter qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League, Zidane's side host the rojiblancos at the Di Stéfano stadium (9:00 pm CET).
After impressive wins over Sevilla and Borussia Mönchengladbach the team is back in form and will go in search of its third consecutive victory in its second encounter this week at the Di Stéfano. Last season, Courtois kept clean sheets in every derby match - 2 in LaLiga and the final of the Spanish Super Cup. In the last meeting between the two sides, Benzema scored to give the madridistas all three points at the Santiago Bernabéu (1-0).
“The derby is always a big date in the calendar and everyone wants to be involved,” said Zidane in the press conference ahead of the clash. Frenchman welcomes back Valverde for this feisty encounter and has named a 21-man squad.
A tough test
Atlético always make life difficult for Real Madrid and sit at the top of the table having only dropped four points so far this league season. The visitors are also unbeaten and have only conceded two goals. The front two of João Félix and Luis Suárez (both on 5 goals) will be looking to open up the Madrid defence.