Real Madrid players troll Barcelona with WhatsApp messages

Antoine Griezmann scored a late goal to rescue Atletico Madrid a point in the Madrid derby.

Sime Vrsaljko, Tiago, Augusto Fenandez (all knee) and backup goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya (hamstring) are all out with mid-t0-long term injuries, and will play no part in the match against Real Madrid. He is on track to consistently be one of the best in the world.

"When picking my team, it's always complicated, but for me everyone's important".

Atletico are the only team to have faced Zidane's Madrid away from home and kept a clean sheet, while Diego Simeone's side had won on their last three visits in the league, but they were second-best for the majority of a sun-baked encounter. They have the chance to do so in this playing of the Madrid Derby, especially if Real are looking ahead to the Champions League.

Inflicting a damaging blow on Real's bid for the first league title in five years would be some measure of sweet revenge for Atletico.

It took strong saves from Jan Oblak and a remarkable clearance from Stefan Savic following a Cristiano Ronaldo strike to keep the scores level in the first half, but Pepe made the home side's pressure count with a fine header early in the second. We know it is going to be hard, but I believe in my teammates.

Eric Olhats, Griezmann's long-time adviser and the man who was involved n Griezmann's move to Spain with Real Sociedad said that a move would be impossible to los Blancos given the fact that there is a non-aggression pact between the sides that means they can covet but do not chase each others' players. We know it is going to be hard, but I believe in my teammates. We want to see a good football match and that's it. Madrid played great and caused us a lot of damage.

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. We have to win more for the fans than for the points. "You can win any match".

  • Julie Sanders