the real Madrid Received on Sunday (2:00 pm) at Athlete On match day 17th of La Liga In an attempt to continue expanding their supremacy at the top of the standings, while Barcelona seeks to react against Osasuna, after their elimination in the Champions League.
the my derby Madrid is presented as the star of the day, as the Whites, the leaders with eight points of advantage over their direct pursuer, Sevilla, want to continue to run in the table.
the real Madrid He comes in a complete positive streak with nine consecutive victories, the last of which was on Tuesday against Inter Milan 2-0 to confirm his passage to the knockout stages of the Champions League as group leader.
But the whites would never be able to neglect it before AthleteFull of spirits after qualifying with the highest degree of qualification to the eighth of the European Champions League, after avoiding the disaster of the continental championship.
“We need to improve but the way to improve is this, definitely is this,” Diego Simeone said after his 3-1 win over Porto on Tuesday.
What’s more: Spain league standings table
The ranked team, which has fallen from second to fourth, could return to the podium in the event of a win at the Santiago Bernabeu, as it appears, in principle, that they will not be able to count on their striker Luis Suarez.
The Uruguayan striker retired from injury a quarter of an hour before the match against Porto.
Benzema is ready
Carlo Ancelotti, Coach real Madrid, He confirmed, on Saturday, that French striker Karim Benzema, who injured his left leg last week against Real Sociedad, “will play.” my derby against him Atletico Madrid.
“Benzema is training today, well, he has good feelings, he is ready, and tomorrow he will play,” Ancelotti offered.
This derby is of paramount importance in the title race: in the event of a win, the real Madrid He will have a 13 point advantage over him Athlete In the front of the leaderboard.
While Athlete s real Madrid Barcelona (seventh) is fighting at the top of the standings, visiting Osasuna (10) and quickly seeking to forget its elimination in the Champions League and regain the ground it lost in the local championship.
The difficult 3-0 defeat to Bayern on Wednesday in the Champions League marked the second consecutive defeat for Barcelona after losing 1-0 with Betis at Camp Nou last weekend, since Xavi Hernandez took over Barcelona coach.
This should be a turning point. Today begins a new phase. “He does not accept that, because Barcelona does not deserve to be what it is today,” Xavi said after the defeat in Munich.
Sunday’s match against Osasuna stands out as a fresh opportunity to strike back and a resounding victory could be the best cure for a team in need of morale.
real Madrid: Courtois. Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mindy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Rodrygo / Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius
Atletico Madrid: Oblak. Kondogbia / Jimenez, Felipe and Mario Hermoso; Marcos Llorente, De Paul; Cook, Carrasco; Limar. Griezmann and Luis Suarez / Cunha
match: Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid
Date: Sunday December 12
Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
hour: 2:00 pm (Honduras)
Who transmits: Sky Sports