Madrid Press: Spanish capital ready for derby day

Madrid Press: Spanish capital ready for derby day


It’s derby day again as Real Madrid take on Atletico de Madrid in La Liga in a crucial match in which both sides are looking to kick start their league campaigns.

Los Blancos lost 4-2 to Real Sociedad while Atletico have also dropped points, drawing 0-0 with neighbours Rayo Vallecano.

AS and Marca both go with headlines asking who will win the battle. Los Blancos are boosted by the return of Cristiano Ronaldo who has spent the last three weeks focusing on recovering from various injury niggles. For the visitors, Arda Turan should be back from injury, having appeared for Turkey midweek.

Marca has quotes from Carlo Ancelotti dismissing suggestions Real are rattled by Atletico’s high-energy and sometimes aggressive style. “Atletico being too aggressive? It’s a man’s game,’ he told reporters.

AS also reports that there are 700 tickets still available for tonight’s showdown, so any Madridistas in the area and keen to get to the game should be quick if they want to snap them up and experience the atmosphere of a Madrid derby.

Finally, Marca looks at the pressure on Karim Benzema, who has struggled in front of goal so far this season. It says the Frenchman is likely to start, but Ancelotti is prepared to hand Chicharito his debut should Benzema not perform well.