Neymar sent off in Barca loss, Atletico draws at Real Madrid

Neymar sent off in Barca loss, Atletico draws at Real Madrid

Real Madrid host Atletico Madrid in a Madrid derby that will be highly influential in the race for La Liga Santander.

Real Madrid parted ways with Carlo Ancelotti in the summer of 2015 only one year after winning the 10 Champions League of the club and Zidane took over Benitez after the Spaniard only had seven months to prove his worth at the Bernabeu.

"I love working with him because we have a very good relationship, we think the same way about the style of play, and he also gives me the feeling of being important".

Los Blancos will welcome Atletico to the Bernabeu boasting a two-point lead over Barcelona at the top of the table and with a game in hand over their fierce rivals as they look for their first league title since 2012.

Coach Luis Enrique said Barcelona's first half performance was "the display we had dreamt about".

"Since he arrived, the team plays much better than before".

The Catalan side, who travel to Juventus for the Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday morning (Singapore time), will be without the suspended Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic.

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However, when on club soccer's biggest stage, Griezmann missed a penalty during regulation in last season's Champions League final that Real Madrid went on to win in a shootout.

Griezmann scored the victor as Atletico won 1-0 at the Bernabeu last season as part of a spectacular 2016 for him on a personal level.

Madrid dispatched Atleti 3-0 thanks to your Cristiano Ronaldo hat trick in the Vicente Calderon before this season.

"Everybody says that it is an excellent defensive team and that I say, yeah, they do defend well but they're not only defensive", he said. Over the years, during Simeone's time, they have improved a lot.

Asked if he would consider joining Real Madrid, Griezmann was quoted as saying by Marca: "I am not ruling anything out".

Meanwhile, Antoine Griezmann believes Atletico can inflict the worst possible start to a season defining two-weeks for Real.

Real now lead La Liga by two points with a game in hand ahead of the Blaugrana with nine games remaining. We have to win more for the fans than for the points. "We will try to disrupt them tomorrow".

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