Madrid Press: Los Blancos gearing up for derby

Madrid Press: Los Blancos gearing up for derby


The international matches are now out of the way until the November friendlies, and the Madrid papers this morning have turned their attention to this weekend’s derby clash between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid.

Los Blancos have a few injury concerns going into the game – Cristiano Ronaldo is the main one. He has made good progress in the last couple of weeks having sat out Portugal’s matches to work on his recovery from a number of niggles. The 29-year-old should make it and is training normally with the rest of the group.

Daniel Carvajal is a major doubt having injured his hamstring while on international duty for Spain, while there is some doubt over Fabio Coentrao’s participation too.

Elsewhere, Marca has quotes from Chicharito, who has enjoyed his first full week of training since his move from Manchester United. He told the paper that nobody trains all week to then be happy to sit on the bench and he is aiming to play as much football as possible this year with Los Blancos.

Finally, despite losing out to Atletico de Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa, AS takes a look at the betting odds for this weekend, and says Real are the overwhelming favourites to take the three points and kick start the La Liga campaign after the shock 4-2 defeat to Real Sociedad in the last round of fixtures.