Real Madrid wants to defend its lead in the first “Derbi madrileno” of the season. The “Royals” will be visiting arch-rivals Atletico at the end of the sixth round of the Spanish championship on Sunday (9 p.m.) and could already overtake them. While Real and David Alaba started the season perfectly with six wins in six competitive games, Atletico have struggled recently.
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The form was also recently reflected in last-minute goals in the UEFA Champions League. While Jude Bellingham redeemed Real on Wednesday with a 1-0 win against Union Berlin in the 94th minute, Atletico missed their perfect debut by seconds the day before. The Lazio goalie Ivan Provedel, who had also moved up, scored a rare goal with a header (95th), the game ended 1-1.
In the league, Atletico recently lost to Valencia surprisingly clearly 0-3. Coach Diego Simeone, who has been in office since 2011, saw the “weakest game since I was at Atletico Madrid”, which erased the high feeling of the 7-0 win against Rayo Vallecano. Simeone had already hit the brakes back then. “I won’t change after one game because I know that FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are better than us,” said the Argentine. But they want to “be there if both of them fail”.
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Real is currently the best team in Europe
Atletico is currently eight points behind Real with one game less. The Royals are currently the most successful team in Europe and are the only team in the top leagues who have not yet given up a point. However, Real started the previous year with nine competitive wins, and Barcelona ultimately became champions.
The most recent three derbies in the Primera Division ended with a draw, a Real win and an Atletico win. Alaba has missed three of five possible derbies due to injury. The ÖFB team captain won the two with his participation (2:0, 2:1).
Primera Division, sixth round
Friday September 22nd: Alaves Athletic Bilbao 0-2 Saturday September 23rd: Girona Mallorca 5-3 Osasuna Sevilla FC 0-0 FC Barcelona Celta de Vigo 3-2 Almeria Valencia 2-2 Sunday September 24th: Real Sociedad Getafe 2:00 p.m. Rayo Vallecano Villarreal 4:15 p.m. Betis Sevilla Cadiz 6:30 p.m. Las Palmas Granada 6:30 p.m. Atletico Madrid Real Madrid 9:00 p.m
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