There are as many nicknames as trophies between these two. Real Madrid or Los Merengues (The Meringues) will be without Benzema, Bale and Luka Modric. Modric has been injured so much he’s the definition of a meringue – he just breaks easily.
Atlético Madrid, or Los Colchoneros… Hang on, just Googled that… Their nickname literally means The Mattress Makers! Get out of town.
Anyways, they had recently struggled in the Madrid derby, carrying a fourteen-year win-less streak into the 2012–13 season. However, Atleti beat Real 2–1 in Estadio Santiago Bernabeu to take home the Copa del Rey trophy.
Since then Real’s record against Atletico has been, in a word – shocking. Apart from the win in last year’s Champions League final, they’ve managed to go seven games without a win. Yeah right, Galacticos my a…
Diego Simeone’s Atletico just aren’t the same side as last season though and are nine points off top spot in La Liga. Real have nearly twice the goal difference that Atleti have and are seven points ahead of them.
They do have one player can kind of match up to Ronaldo’s record. Although it’s a bit like saying that a Golf is faster than a Ferrari… but only if the Golf is doing 51mph and the Ferrari is going at 50mph.
Mario Mandzukic looks likely to start the game after missing out on the 2-1 against Deportivo at the weekend, but he has failed to live up to the Atletico’s tradition of having phenomenal striker after phenomenal striker.
Antoine Griezmann however, or Tony Grease to his friends, has 23 goals in 39 appearances this season, and is hitting a bit of form with six goals in his last five. A cheeky Griezmann goal and an Atletico win is 10/1… tempting.
Ronaldo though is still his usual, beautiful and freakishly-good self with 48 goals in 38 games. He scored against Malaga at the weekend and was named Man of the Match.
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In total, these two sides have met on 202 occasions in both league and cup, in a rivalry that dates back longer than Brendan Rodgers’ wait for a trophy. Since 1928 Real Madrid have won 103 of those meetings, with Atletico recording 50 victories and the further 59 games ending in draws.
Last week it was all about Torres and Ronaldo, sadly no goals materialised and Ronaldo is still two goals short of Di Stefano’s record of 15 goals against Atletico. With no Bale in the team, CR7 will surely love the spotlight and bang in six or seven?
We think that the posh Madrid will have just a bit too much for Atletico, sorry, The Mattress Makers, and should ease through to the next round. They’re due to beat Atleti at this stage and are slight favourites at home. Trust us… we had Chinese for lunch and the fortune cookie said so.
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