A Derby To Show The Future Of La Liga
Just one year after the last game with the public at the Wanda Metropolitano, the Atlético de Madrid stadium hosts one of those great La Liga matches, a capital derby against Real Madrid with the fight for La Liga in full swing, with so much Dramatism as illusions everywhere: for an Atlético that aspires to give the coup de grace to a Madrid in progression that has before it the definitive test to join a fight for the title in which Barça awaits the result of the fight at stake capital city.
After his most irregular month, in which he lost a good part of his advantage, a red-and-white victory would leave the whites against the ropes, eight points behind the lead with one more game, in a course in which they have not found a good cruising speed.
Thus, the weight of responsibility falls on a Madrid forced to take advantage of the dilemma to tighten the head of the league table: “It is a final, but like all games,” said Zidane. But the French coach’s survival plan goes through defensive solidity and an inspiration in attack that is too volatile, unpredictable and discontinuous.
To help in that aspect, Karim Benzema returns, in all probability directly to the starting eleven . The one who is still absent is Hazard , more than a month after his last injury: “I hope that next week he can be definitely with us,” Zidane revealed.
Despite the four victories and a draw that has accumulated in the last five days, Zidane’s team transmits a feeling opposed to reliability that is not encouraging. Each victory costs him enormous effort and, at any moment, a new twisty curve arrives that lengthens the road. “We know that the first thing is to defend well. Then we want to score more goals, but the important thing is to create chances ”, analyzed the white coach in the previous one.
Bad athletic streak
Unlike in the first round match, in which Atlético sinned by forewarning and ended up losing (they have not scored in the last four derbies and accumulated five years without winning in the capital duel), the opportunity to knock down Madrid must be enough incentive for Simeone to launch his entire arsenal in an offensive without fuss.
In addition, Atlético will play next week, on Wednesday against Athletic Club, the last postponed match that remains from the start of the season, their last chance to get in between with the pursuers. “There will still be a lot of league ahead, it is a direct duel, but it is three points. Having forcefulness and balance will bring us closer to victory ”, explained Simeone.
The rojiblanco coach recovers Trippier , once his sanction for illegal bets has been overcome, after nine games without being able to play, and his only doubt for the starting eleven is the companion of Luis Suárez, between Joao Félix and Correa: “They will both play, one to start and the other will have to wait ”, revealed the Argentine.