Kroos’ goal in training ahead of the Madrid derby
Carlo Ancelotti’s charges got back down to training at Real Madrid City to begin the preparations for the derby meeting with Atlético at the Civitas Metropolitano.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Line-ups
Derby Could End in a Draw
The Red and Whites have made a relatively solid start to their 2022-23 La Liga campaign, winning three, drawing one and losing one of their five matches to collect 10 points, which has left them in seventh spot in the table, five points behind Real Madrid ahead of the clash between the two sides.
Atletico started their campaign with a 3-0 victory at Getafe but then suffered a 2-0 home loss to Villarreal, which was certainly a setback for the capital giants early in the campaign. Simeone’s side have picked up seven points from their last three league games, beating Valencia 1-0 and drawing 1-1 with Real Sociedad before recording a 4-1 victory over Celta Vigo last time out.
Los Blancos have also won their opening five La Liga games against Almeria, Celta Vigo, Espanyol, Real Betis and Mallorca to sit atop the table with 15 points from an available 15, and they look the team to beat again this term despite Barcelona’s huge spending and obvious improvement.
Real Madrid only made two signings over the summer, with Aurelien Tchouameni arriving in a big-money deal from Monaco, while Antonio Rudiger joined the club after leaving Chelsea on a free transfer. Casemiro was their standout outgoing, but the level of the team has not dropped this season, and it will be fascinating to see what the Whites can achieve this term.
The capital giants will have a busy October due to the season breaking in November for the 2022 World Cup, with games against Osasuna, Shakhtar Donetsk (twice), Getafe, Barcelona, Elche, Sevilla, RB Leipzig and Girona to come before the end of next month.
It is so difficult to back against Real Madrid at the moment, but Atletico must be respected at home, and we believe that a tight and nervy affair at Wanda Metropolitano will finish with the points being shared.