Antoine Griezmann strikes late to deny Real Madrid on derby day
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 6:13
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says he has nothing against James Rodriguez despite the attacking midfielder punching the dugout after being substituted against Leganes.
Pepe opened the scoring for Real with a looping header that flew past Jan Oblak in the 52nd minute and it looked like the hosts would earn three points to move five clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga.
"It was a really important game for us". We won in the first game this season, but we don't know what's going to happen tomorrow.
The Colchoneros won their last match 1-0 against Real Sociedad with Filipe Luis scoring the victor for them.
Real were also the dominant force when the sides last met in November, as Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick sealed a 3-0 win.
Overall, the two Madrid sides have played 214 matches against one another. Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos were handed the night off against Leganes and the trio should slot right back into the starting eleven.
"We didn't start well and they gave everything early on".
Real will have just Sergio Ramos and Nacho to call upon as Raphael Varane is sidelined with a hamstring problem. "Real played great and caused us a lot of damage".
In Gameiro's absence, Simeone is likely to stick with the strike partnership of Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres, with Yannick Carrasco and Koke providing the support act from the wings.
Atletico have won all three of their previous visits to the Santiago Bernabeu in the league and head there after beating Real Sociedad 1-0 on Tuesday to record five consecutive domestic wins for the first time this season.
The Frenchman also has his side in contention to win both the European trophy and La Liga in the current campaign. El Derbi Madrileño has been played out 213 times in total and it's Los Blancos who have had the majority of success over the years with 108 wins - Ronaldo has been the fixtures top scorer with 18 in total.
Who'll prevail in the crunch battle on Saturday?
Real Madrid parted ways with Carlo Ancelotti in the summer of 2015 only one year after winning the 10 Champions League of the club and Zidane took over Benitez after the Spaniard only had seven months to prove his worth at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid can not afford to drop any point with Barcelona hot on their heels, even though they have a buffer of two points and one game on their bitter rivals.
The draw sees Madrid move three points clear of champions Barcelona, who face Malaga later on Saturday, but frustrations around the Bernabeu were clear at the end of Zidane's 50th league match in charge.
It took nearly quarter-of-an-hour for Real to create some danger, as Ronaldo cut inside and fired in a low shot which Jan Oblak saved to his right.
Atleti have won on their last three Liga visits to the Bernabeu, with Antoine Griezmann scoring the victor last season. We are here to do all we can to win and then people can have their opinions.