Just when we thought they were out, they pulled themselves back in.
Atlético Madrid’s dreadful start to the season, which included two draws and a loss to Celta Vigo, looked to have ruined their league title chances. After wins at Getafe and at home to Huesca, they have the chance to jump to the top of the pile (provided other results go their way) at the Santiago Bernabéu on Saturday night.
Antoine Griezmann and Sergio Ramos have been jawing at each other for months after Griezmann posted this photo on his Instagram account and Ramos responded saying that “ignorance makes you very bold.”
They get to face each other tonight.
José Giménez looked like he might miss out, but is now healthy and the only two players missing are Stefan Savić and Gelson Martins. The Portuguese winger has played no role this year so it’s not a big deal, but Savic’s absence might actually be a good thing and it forces Diego Simeone into playing the Uruguayan partners in Giménez and Diego Godín. He has sometimes opted for Savic’s strength but that sometimes proves to be Atlético’s downfall.
Real Madrid are missing Isco and Marcelo and have fewer options than they might like. The derbi is often used as a way to dispel doubts and build momentum. Everything is on the line on Saturday in Madrid and with Simeone not losing in his last five trips to the Bernabeu, Atlético might be confident of at least a point against their reeling rivals.
How to watch
Date: Sept. 29, 2018
Location: Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain
Kickoff time: 20:45 CET, 19:45 GMT, 13:45 ET, 11:45 PST
SB Nation opposition blog: Managing Madrid
United Kingdom: Eleven Sports 1 UK, Eleven La Liga TV
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