Madrid will come to a standstill this afternoon as Real Madrid visit Atletico de Madrid in La Liga, looking to put a huge dent in the hosts’ title hopes.
Real go to the Vicente Calderon with a three point advantage, and opening up a six point gap would give Los Rojiblancos a mountain to climb with just 12 games to go in the league.
The Madrid press has plenty of pre-match build up, and the attention is on the star men for each side – Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Costa. Ronaldo leads the scoring charts in La Liga with 22 goals, while the Brazil-born Spain striker is on 21 goals for the season – so we are set for an intriguing battle between them today.
The match-up between Sergio Ramos and Costa should also be an interesting one, with the press having made much of the so-called animosity between the pair during the recent Copa del Rey matches between the sides.
Real won those two matches – 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu and 2-0 in the Calderon – but Atletico are going for their first league double over the illustrious city rivals for the first time in 63 years. Costa’s goal at the Bernabeu back in September gave Atletico a 1-0 win, and a first defeat for Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti.