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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Preview and Live Score

Having suffered the first home defeat of the season, Real Madrid is going to face local rivals Atletico Madrid next weekend. Real Madrid has lost to Real Malorca at home in the second leg match of last 16 of Copa del Rey. With this defeat, Real Madrid has lost their chance to make it to the quarter final of King’s cup.

However, Real Madrid still leads the league point table with seven points clear off Barcelona. Real Madrid has been in a red-hot form this season with only two defeats and two draws in 19 league matches so far. Now, ahead of the match against Atletico, Real fans are eagerly waiting to see them continue their impressive run in the league. Before the defeat to Real Malorca on Wednesday, Real Madrid was on six match winning streak. Real Madrid projected a 2-0 victory over Levante in their last league match thanks to Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy for scoring twice. Real Madrid won against Atletico Madrid won 2-1 against Atletico Madrid in the first leg.

Atletico Madrid, in the same way, has been impressive so far halfway through the season. Real’s neighboring club Atletico has been back to their classy performance after more than a decade in the league. They now stand third in the league point table with 37 points to their credit, 10 points behind leader Real Madrid and 3 points behind second-placed Barcelona. It is true that you will not find many who are considering Atletico a major threat for Real Madrid and Barcelona in the title race. However, the reality is that Atletico Madrid is still in the title race with 10 points deficit from the leader, having half of the season ahead of them.

Atletico Madrid did not follow the way of their same city club, Rela Madrid, confirming their quarter final entrance in the Copa del Rey. Atletico edged past Real Valallodid in order to ensure their place in the cup quarter final. However, ahead of the match against Real Madrid, they will have the home advantage as the match is set to be held at the Vicente Calderon. However, the record talks in favor of Real Madrid, the club who never lost at Atletico home ground since 1999. This is what record shows, but reality certainly backs Atletico Madrid who has got their form back after many seasons. So, they must have the ability to rewrite the record book. Added to Real Madrid’s recent home lose, Atletico fans now have a lot of reasons to cheer on.

Reuters reported:

Javier Aguirre's side are riding high in third place in the standings, three points behind Barcelona, and they booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Cup thanks to a stunning solo goal from Argentine forward Sergio Aguero against Valladolid.

Aguero's strike partner Diego Forlan believes his side will have to be at their very best to end their poor run against Real.

"It will be an extremely tough game," said the Uruguayan. "People can say whatever they want about the way they are playing, but they are seven points clear at the top of the table and that hasn't happened for a long time."

Real Madrid dominated throughout the match against Real Malorca, but unfortunately conceded a goal, leading them to an unexpected exit from the King’s Cup. However, Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster is optimistic regarding Real Madrid’s success in the league. He said that the defeat could be helpful for Real Madrid.

Pr-inside reported:

coach Bernd Schuster said it could be well-timed.
«I'm calm about being knocked out. Sometimes bad things also have very good things and this could be a help for us,» Schuster said.
Madrid's loss was a boost for Atletico, which is enjoying its best season for 12 years.
However, Atletico hasn't beaten its biggest rival since October 1999, and coach Javier Aguirre's side will be the underdog again at Vicente Calderon stadium this weekend.
Such has been Madrid's domination of the league that its tally at the halfway mark of the season hasn't been bettered since 1969.

Well, Real Madrid attack will be spearheaded by their Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, who now stands second in the list of highest league goal scorer with 11 goals so far this season. Real Madrid Captain Raul was absent in their home defeat and is expected to come back in action in the Madrid derby. Atletico Madrid’s Uruguayan striker Diego Forlán will have a big part to play for Atletico on Sunday. So, Atletico fans will be happy to see Forlan appears with his impressive form against Real Madrid.

Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Online Live Score

If you can not manage to watch the match on television then you can the following website links in order to get the online live score and updates of the match:

Live Score

Goalzz

Footie Scorez

Sportpress

Goal.com

I think, Real Madrid is favorite for the upcoming clash with Atletico Madrid. However, Atletico is at their great form now and they have the ability to provide a shock to the defending champions. To do so, they need to outclass Real Madrid, who can destroy any side in their days.

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