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Lopetegui demands reaction from his Real side in Madrid derby against Atletico

02 October, 2018, 09:42 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Courtois left Chelsea for Real Madrid in August. GOAL

Welshman Gareth Bale will miss Real Madrid's Champions League game at CSKA Moscow due to a thigh injury.

There is also Griezmann's recent spat with Real's Sergio Ramos to add another layer of intrigue.

Diego Simeone's side have won their last three games and have the advantage of 24 hours more rest after defeating Huesca 3-0 on Tuesday night.

The team have bagged 12 goals, one less than previous year on day seven of the domestic league and 13 less than in the 2014/2015 season, which was remembered as one the best attacking Real Madrid sides.

"Things are always changing in soccer", Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui said Friday.

Slovenian global Oblak helped Atletico withstand a flurry of Real attacks, denying Marco Asensio at point-blank range and later turning away a stinging shot from Dani Carvajal from inside the area.

Barcelona and Madrid are level on 14 points atop the La Liga table, two points ahead of fourth-placed Sevilla.

Interestingly, the Welshman, who failed to complete Saturday's barren draw against Atletico Madrid in the La Liga, did not make the trip as he is down with an abductor injury.

With a hard Champions League trip to play Tottenham in midweek, Valverde must again consider squad rotations, when Barca take on his former club, Athletic Club Bilbao on Saturday afternoon.

"I have to judge the games we have coming up and we have four games in the space of 10 days", Valverde, whose side will face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Wednesday, told a news conference.

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

'Ramos hasn't travelled because he has played about 120 minutes more than his team-mates, ' Lopetegui said, according to Goal.

'Unfortunately we couldn't get that goal.

The 2014 LaLiga champions have not lost at the Bernabeu in five LaLiga matches played since 2013, winning three and drawing two, and this impressive record at the Bernabeu is one which could propel Atletico to getting yet another victory this weekend.

"We're going to believe he wants to be with his family and Atletico fans should understand that".



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