Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane rues late Atletico goal in derby

Speaking to Omnisport, Djorkaeff said: "You know, this decision belongs to the player but it's all about what you are offered".

While Atletico still has one of the best defenses in Europe, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zindane applauded its improvements in attack under Simeone, and Griezmann.

Jorge Sampaoli's men were without a win in six matches, during which time they had slumped down to fourth in La Liga and knocked out of the Champions League, but they were given a flying start as Stevan Jovetic put them ahead inside the opening minute.

Griezmann had been starved of service but his greatest opportunity of the first half came from an undesirable Sergio Ramos pass, the forward driving towards goal after picking up the loose ball before testing Navas having a low strike from 25 yards out.

Simeone conceded earlier this year that Griezmann could leave Atletico at the end of the season, with the €100m release clause in his contract leaving the club helpless to halt his exit. The important game is tomorrow, there are three points to play for.

"I do not think we lack physicality, but [we need] concentration and to defend together and with more energy".

"They don't just have defensive players". "Chelsea, Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid have knocked on the door to see what the situation is", he said in an interview on French radio station RMC, Radio Montecarlo.

"There's no controversy. Isco is very happy here and we're all just thinking about tomorrow", Zidane said.

Barcelona are now second in La Liga, just two points behind Real Madrid who still have a game in hand.

Real Madrid says defender Pepe broke two ribs in his left side during the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Nothing went right for Barcelona. With 71 points, they're two points clear of second place, but with a game in hand.

Liverpool have made the first move in the pursuit of Atletico Madrid owned left-back Theo Hernandez, reports Spanish publication Cadena SER.

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.

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