Madrid court derby

Madrid court derby

Atletico Madrid and Real will meet in the 31st round  of the Spanish Primera and determine the silver and bronze prize-winners in this time period. Both teams are fighting for the Eurocup trophies and have pushed the championship matches in the background.

Atletico and Real have advanced to the Europa League and the Champions League quarter-finals respectively. The Mattressers defeated Sporting Lisbon on Thursday thanks to the goals from Coke and Antoine Griezmann. Diego Simeone’s team pursued Barcelona  for a half of the season, however, the defeat against the Cataland grand in the 27th round has put an end to the argument about the leadership in the Spanish championship.

Due to a short reserve bench, Atletico will not make a full squad rotation. There are 13 people left in the team, capable of helping the side in a difficult moment. Thanks to a draw, this is not reflected on the Europa League results, but is significant in Primera matches. Injuries have crossed out from the team’s main roster Vitolo, Juanfran, Filipe Luis and Vrsaljko Most of the infirmary are defenders, which under Simeone were a basis of the Indians’ play.

Santiago Bernabeu hosts are occupying the third position in Liga Santander and crushed Juventus Turin this week in the UCL quarter-finals. Two goals by Ronaldo and one from Marcelo have provided the Blancos with advantage allowing to calm down before the second match on Wednesday. Real head coach Zinedine Zidane answering a journalist’s question about Bale’s absence said on a press conference that the Welshman will enter the pitch in the first squad on the match against Atletico. Apart from Tottenham ex-winger, according to Mundo Deportivo newspaper, the Frenchman will let a number of Real key players rest prior to the second match against Bianco-Neri.

Thus, on Sunday, Blancos roster will have players, who want to prove the manager their capability of playing on a high level. The footballers will be motivated on a result and for that they are going to fight with inconvenient by play style Diego Simeone’s team. The Argentine tries to win every match in every tournament, however, objective reasons will make him choose between the battle for the Europa League cup and the phantom pursuit of Barcelona in Primera.