El derbi Madrileño – Preview

By Abdul Basith

December 17, 2018

Venue – Estadio Santiago Bernabeu,Madrid,Spain.
Date – April,8,2018 – Sunday.
Time – 15:00 GMT/19:45 IST.

It’s a matter of pride, it’s a matter of prestige and it’s the El Derbi Madrileño. The Madrid neighbors are facing head to head with seven rounds to go in the league.The league leaders are 12 points clear, while 4 points split second-placed Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.Fourth-placed Valencia is just a point behind Real Madrid and there are chances of swapping their positions.

Zidane is having a problem, with everyone being eligible for the game, except nacho who’s still in injury, Zidane had to decide whom to choose. While Simeone, losing Felipe Luis and Jose Maria Gimenez have to find a replacement.

Zidane’s side is boosted with their 3-0 win against Juventus in front of the Turin crowd, special mentions to Ronaldo who earned Turin’s respect.They look forward to keeping their momentum against this big side.They are unbeaten in their last 4 matches in the league.

With 7 Midfielders in their squad, Zidane could play a Tactical 4-4-2. Since it is a heavily expected game, Zidane would prefer a stronger XI than his usual player rotation in the league. Asensio could find starting spot, joining hands with Modric, Kroos, and Casemiro.

Ronaldo would lead the attack with 19 goals in his last 9 games for his club. He himself overturned his bad start of the season with a master-class show in his recent games.Bale shall be given a chance to prove why he should be in starting XI.

Atletico Madrid is also scoring high in their recent matches.Still, Simeone quoted “Real Madrid have the best squad in the world, and we clearly know what we want to do.” , Simeone would try to find some way stopping Real Madrid winning in front of their home crowd.

Potential XI:
Real Madrid
Navas ; Carvajal , Ramos , Varane , Marcelo ; Casemiro , Modric , Kroos , Asensio ; Ronaldo , Bale.

Atletico Madrid
Oblak ; Juanfran , Godin , Savic , Lucas ; Saul , Gabi , Koke ; Correa , Griezmann , Costa.

Expected Score:
Real Madrid 3-1 Atletico Madrid.
Pic courtesy : leparisien.fr

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