Real Madrid captain Ramos: What happened with Griezmann...?

Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann- cropped

Everything has to be left behind quickly, because now we have a massive challenge in the shape of a derby against Atletico, ' the Real Madrid coach said at a press conference.

As per MARCA, in the past six seasons, Real Madrid have won just once in the league against either Barcelona or Atlético Madrid on home soil, drawing on three occasions and falling to an astonishing seven defeats.

Striker Diego Costa has been instrumental in Atletico's success this season.

But after back-to-back wins Atletico come into Saturday's game just two points behind Barcelona, who top the table on goal difference, and Real - who drew away at Athletic Bilbao before being hammered 3-0 by Sevilla on Wednesday.

"We are going to try to create as many chances as possible in each game and I am certain that everything will go where it should go".

Courtois frustrated Costa too, a jabbed finish blocked from the angle, while Jan Oblak nearly gave a gift to Marco Asensio but the intercepting touch fell straight back into his hands. The Frenchman scored braces against Girona and Leganes, but has since failed to find the back of the net in his last three La Liga games. A first-half goal by Kevin Gameiro - and a second-half penalty kick save by goalkeeper Neto - gave Valencia its first win in eight matches in all competitions. This is impressive for such an expansive system which commits so many players forward.




The team is improving and also the individualities.

It was Julen Lopetegui's first derby as Real coach, although he was the fifth Real manager Diego Simeone had stood opposite.

Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez has ruled out ever making a future move to Real Madrid saying it would be "unthinkable". Tomorrow we will see how they play, if they have a bank of five, but they have top players and we will have to have a great game for sure.

Leaving a little over two weeks for Bale to resume fitness, Ireland will undoubtedly be pleased with any potential weakening of the Welshman's unique talents.

"We deserved the win but unfortunately we didn't manage to convert our chances".

"If I had left at half-time I would have felt quite disappointed, but after the second half you feel it was a fair result", Simeone said. "We can't get caught up with what happened in the past".

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