On the blog yesterday, the Manchester derby was the center of discussion. Today, we’ll be looking at another derby set to be played this weekend, the Madrid derby.
December has featured a number of derby games in top-flight European club football. And it will continue this weekend, with Real Madrid taking on Atletico Madrid.
Atletico Madrid, with two games in hand, top the La Liga table. Real Madrid, with a game in hand, are in fourth position. Six points separate these two sides as they head into another edition of the cross-town rivalry.
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Diego Simeone’s side are popular for their solid defense. This season, however, they seem to have taken the art of defending to a new level.
In the 10 games they’ve played so far, they have let in just two goals. In comparison, that’s nine less than the 11 both Real Madrid and Barcelona have conceded this season.
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A Madrid Derby with a History of Draws
Both sides are no strangers to each other. They know what makes each other tick and how to stop each other’s tactical plan from being successful.
Maybe this is why there are so many draws in the history between these two sides.
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In the last 10 meetings between both sides, six have finished in a stalemate, with three ending without a goal. It’s worthy of mention that Atletico Madrid won just one of those 10 games.
Absence of Goals
Sometimes, the Madrid derby can get feisty, with players clashing and the referee intervening with red cards. Another norm for this derby is the absence of high-scoring games.
Only two of the last 10 Madrid derbies have seen at least three goals scored. While some have finished without goals, others have seen just lone goals scored.
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- An Irregular Read Madrid vs. A Stable Atletico Madrid
It’s been hard to define Real Madrid’s style of play this season, no thanks to the irregularity of their results. Although they have won three of their last five, two ended in defeat to Shakhtar and Deportivo Alaves. With only three wins in their last seven, this Madrid derby is a tough test for Zinedine Zidane’s side.
Atletico on the other hand, have not lost any of their last 10 games in all competitions. Bear in mind that this run includes games against Barcelona and Bayern Munich respectively.
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