The neighbors from the city Madrid are set to lock horns for the first time this season at the Vincente de Calderon in a La Liga fixture. Last time, when the two teams played a league game in the same place Real Madrid suffered a disastrous 4-0 defeat under Carlo Ancelotti.
Rafael Benitez returned to Real Madrid as a coach in the summer and is facing the high-flying Atletico side for the first time as the coach of Real Madrid.
Atletico Madrid already lost two league games out of the played 6 and the Real Madrid game can change their life this season depending upon the result. A win can boost their confidence while a defeat may hinder their title hopes in the very early stages.
Madrid Derby : Can Real Madrid revenge Atletico ?
On the other hand, Real Madrid are in a better position even without the in-form Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez and as per reports the former is all set to make a comeback against their neighbors. Also, the return of club captain Sergio Ramos to the starting XI will certainly boost the Real player’s morale.
Last night, Spain champions Barcelona suffered a shocking 2-1 loss at the hands of Sevilla and the winner from the Madrid derby can go out past the champions in the La Liga standings.
Atletico Madrid are very impressive against their neighbors in the recent years, but all time winners of Madrid derby Los Blancos can outshine the Roji Blancos. And here are few points why Real Madrid will take revenge for their recent woes:
#1 In-form BBC
Gareth Bale’s return is surely a big boost for Rafa Benitez’s side considering his form. The Welsh man is the leading assist maker for Real Madrid this season playing a more central role than last season. The former Tottenham winger is truly turning out to be a match winner for Real Madrid and his presence is a constant headache for Diego Simone and his men.
The other two members of BBC; Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo! The pair don’t need words to describe them and they will make the opponents pay for every mistake they make. Recently crowned all-time top goal scorer of Real Madrid – Cristiano Ronaldo will be a very strong threat in the final third and the threat’s level is doubled when he has Gareth Bale to assist him.
#2 Solid defense
As we can see, Real Madrid are more solid in defending under Rafa Benitez than they were under Carlo Ancelotti. The former Napoli boss has surely improved the Blancos’ defensive structure and has conceded only once in the 6 league games this season scoring 14 in the process. His rotation policy has worked very well so far, star midfielders Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are looking more fresh and confident than last season.
Star defender and club captain Sergio Ramos has signed a new contract this summer and the impressive young French man Raphael Varane is in fine form which leaves Portugal veteran Pepe on the benches. The defence unit has conceded just one goal so far this season in all competitions explains the Rafa Benitez’s touch.
#3 Good Bench Strength
Real Madrid’s bench is a far better one for Rafa Benitez than what Carlo Ancelotti had. New additions Mateo Kovacic and Casemiro are very impressive in the middle of the pitch whenever they enter onto the ground. Especially, the Italian Kovacic who earned a lot of praise from the Madrid faithful for his impressive displays. Against Malmo in the Champions League group stage game, Kovacic was the BEST midfielder for Real Madrid when there were senior players Toni Kroos and Isco alongside.
Other than the central midfielders, Real Madrid’s rotation players on the wings are also too handy and reliable. Club academy product Lucas Vazquez is showing glimpses of his potential while his senior Real graduate Jese Rodriguez has his own fans among the Real Madrid crowd. Russian sensation denis Cheryshev is also available this season and Real Madrid had a fight with some top clubs to keep the impressive winger in the transfer window.
When the two big horses of Madrid lock horns, we can not simply rely on the form, quality, possibilities, prediction and other parameters. Because, it’s not just a game, it is going to be a battle for the pride of MADRID and it will be decided only by the performances on that day.