Champions League is just knocking at the door. This Tuesday Atletico Madrid is taking on Real Madrid at Vincent Calderon. The Madrid derby is on its way. Without any doubt it is one of the exciting fixtures of quarter final round. Here we have come up with the preview of the 1st leg of Atletico Madrid Vs Real Madrid.
Last time both the teams met each other in the same competition in the last year final, played in Lisbon and Los Blancos won the match in 4-1 after the extra time and claimed the UEFA Champions league for the tenth time. This season the situation is completely different. Real Madrid failed to win single match in last 6 matches against Atletico Madrid in three different competitions, which also include 4-0 humiliating defeat in their last match at Vicente Calderón in La Liga. Real Madrid defender Marcelo said in the interview:
In a game like this there are no favorites. These are two very difficult matches we are going to try to win. We have changed a lot since Lisbon. We are in better shape than the last time we came here. Tomorrow we have to play with lots of intensity and fight until the last minute. We are not thinking about previous results vs. Atlético. Tomorrow will be totally different. We go to Atlético with lots of confidence. We know what we have to do to get a good result and reach the semi-finals.
Current Form of Atletico Madrid
They have done great against Real Madrid this season, but their performance overall in the competition is not that great. Already 9 points behind league leader Barcelona and there out of the title race. They have been knocked out by Barca in Copa Del Rey. They are unbeaten in last 8 matches, manages 4 wins and 4 draws. Those draw proved them costly. Koke’s absence due to his torn muscle problem is one of the main reasons why they fall back in the title race in La Liga.
Atletico Madrid performed well in the UCL, topped in the group stage and beat Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-0 at home in the round of 16 to tie 1-1 on aggregate won the match in penalty shootout 3-2. They will be relying on their defense, partnership between Godin and Miranda has been brilliant in all season. Antoine Griezmann has been fantastic, having the best form in his career, going to play a crucial role in this fixture. Atletico will try to score from the dead ball situation and the return of Mario Mandzukic is great news Los Colchoneros. Diego Godin said in his latest interview:
That was a final, and there can be no revenge in a quarterfinal. We always want to beat Real. We need to take advantage of the Calderon in the first leg, need to perform with our own power and dynamic, also with our fans, and get a result. It would be best to not concede. That would be fundamental.
He also added,
I don’t want to belittle ourselves.We are one of the aspirants, the favorites from the second row, if you want to put it that way. We have shown what is possible, but against Bayer Leverkusen it showed how tight everything is.
Current Form of Real Madrid
Real Madrid was one of the team in the last year; they won 22 matches on row. But things are changed in this year; there are so many turns of events mainly due to the injuries of the important players. They were 4 points ahead in la liga last month, now 4 points behind due to the defeat in el-clasico and against Athletic club. But they manages to win last three matches in la liga, which includes 9-1 thrashing against Granada, 0-2 hard fought victory against Rayo and easy 3-0 win against Eibar.
The good news for the team is almost all the players have returned to the squad and their deadliest trio BBC (Bale, Benzema, Cristiano) are on goal scoring spree. Return of James Rodríguez and Luca Modric proved to be most crucial. They performed brilliantly in UCL except the last match against Schalke 04. Real Madrid’s ten-match winning streak came to an end when they went down 4-3 at Santiago bernabeu to FC Schalke 04 in the round of 16 second leg. Madrid went through because of their 2-0 win in Germany. Gareth Bale also likely to return in the squad, which means Madrid, is getting almost the full squad against Atletico Madrid. Lon Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti has said:
Last few results against Atlético is motivation for us. We are convinced that it will be a different game, but it is always difficult when we play them.But we are in a good moment, followed motivation from European competition & we are going to give our best. The entire squad will be available on Tuesday, We want to progress in Europe and we’ll try doing so with everything we’ve got.
Atlético Madrid vs Real Madrid
Champions League Quarterfinal
Date: April 14, 2015
Kick Off: 2:45 PM
Stadium: Vicente Calderon
Possible starting XI of Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid: Moyà, Juanfran, Godín, Miranda, Siqueira, Koke, Gabi, Tiago, Arda turan, Griezmann, Mandžukić.
Real Madrid: Casillas, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Kroos, James, Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema.
It’s going to be one of the most exciting, heart stopping fixtures. This fixture is equally poised. As Atletico Madrid will play the fixture at their home, it will clearly turn out to be an advantage to them. Real Madrid needs to work hard and also needs strong determination to overcome this challenge. We are heading towards a great Madrid derby.