The semi-final of the Copa del Rey has lined up two of the finest teams in Spanish football and it promises to be a cracker of a match. Atletico have climbed right at the top of the La Liga table by thrashing Real Sociedad last round and has a clear 3 point lead leaving behind Barcelona and Real Madrid.
When Atletico travels to Santiago Bernabeu tonight, they would be seeking their 3rd consecutive win at the stadium and 5th consecutive win in the Madrid derby. The writing is on the wall, literally. Atletico fans held a banner saying, “Neptune Rules The Sea, We Rule The Capital’, which no Real Madrid fan can contest at the moment.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti would be seeking to reverse the trend and book a place in the final of Copa del Rey which they had lost to the same opposition last year. And he is hoping against hope that Cristiano Ronaldo would be able to take the field despite being flashed the Red Card in the match against Atletic Bilbao.
Real’s performance has been remarkable at home ever since their defeat against Barcelona on 26th October and have not lost a game there. But to be honest, if anyone other than Barcelona has the ability to snatch a win at Bernabeu, it is Atletico Madrid.
Although Ancelotti hpes that Ronaldo would be available, the decision may go against him as his gesture after the card could invite 4-match ban. However, to the relief of Ronaldo fans, the ban, if any, would affect only the league games and not Copa del Rey. Gareth Bale has recovered from his injury and is in the 22 member squad, while Iker Casillas will be seen keeping the goal.
Atletico will have to do without David Villa who after scoring the first goal in the 4-0 win against Bilbao, suffered from hamstring injury. Mario Suarez has not been included in the squad despite being fit while Filipe Luis is injured. On the positive side, Arda Turan and Tiago Mendes will make comebacks to the midfield, further strengthening the side.
LIVE STREAM & TV SHEDULE
Atletico vs Real Madrid will be telecast live on Ten Action and Ten HD in India, kick-off at 12:30 AM IST (7 PM GMT). canal +1/HD will telecast in Spain while beIN Sport will telecast in USA.
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