The Metropolitan hosts tonight (9pm) the first Madrid derby of the season between Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid. One of the most anticipated duels of the year and which arrives on matchday 6 of the Santander League, with the Whites momentarily in second position –with one game in hand- after Barça's triumph against Elche yesterday. For its part, the mattress team faces the duel from seventh position, five points behind their rival tonight.
Carlo Ancelotti's team counts their games by victories in this start of the season in which they have won all eight games they have played between the League and the Champions League. The most recent, last Wednesday in Europe, when they beat Leipzig 2-0 in the Champions League group stage.
With worse feelings comes Simeone's team, who lost 2-0 to Bayer Leverkusen last Tuesday in their Champions League commitment. In the League he is in the top zone thanks to the three victories and a draw added up to now in a league start in which he has only given up one game, against Villarreal at the end of August.
Still without Karim Benzema, who has muscular problems, the leading role will once again be for Vinícius, who has been the protagonist in recent days for his controversial attitude in the match against Mallorca and for the racist comment he received from a representative in a television program and for which he has received many expressions of support.
It will be the first derby for Aurélien Tchouaméni. A moment to see if Real Madrid will miss Casemiro on the days indicated. Escorted by the voice of experience represented by Kroos and Modric, with Fede Valverde for everything. Reinforcement in defense as a fourth midfielder, free soul in attack to surprise the rival.
And it could also be for Antonio Rüdiger in the center of defence, with Militao recently recovered from his muscle injury and fewer options to start in a match that Real Madrid faces as an option to strike at the table of authority. The desire to show the credentials of the champion as a message to the great rival of the city and the eternal rival, a new Barcelona, who is lurking for the lead.
Atlético and Real Madrid meet in the first derby of the season this Sunday, September 18, at the Metropolitano. The match, corresponding to matchday 6 of the Santander League, will start at 9:00 p.m. and can be seen on DAZN and Movistar. In addition, La Vanguardia will offer minute by minute live coverage of the highlights of this meeting.
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