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Real Madrid-Atlético: first derby of the season

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NEWS | 12/12/2020 | Javier Vázquez

After 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 sealing qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League, the Whites must now turn their attention to the domestic competition and the first derby of the season. Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid go head-to-head at the Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium on matchday 13 of LaLiga (09:00 pm CET). The hosts will be aiming to claim all three points, but it won't be a straightforward task.
 
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 WHITES ARE UNBEATEN IN THEIR LAST 8 LEAGUE DERBIES.

“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.

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