Real Madrid VS Atletico Madrid final LIVE Football Score 13 Dec 2021
First-place Real Madrid welcome city rival fourth-place Atletico Madrid to the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday for the Madrid derby, one of La Liga’s biggest showdowns. Los Blancos enter the match having gone 12 games unbeaten, but may be without superstar striker Karim Benzema, while Atleti are coming off an emotional win at Porto midweek in the Champions League on Paramount+ to make the round of 16. Los Colchoneros can pull within seven points of Real with a win, while Los Blancos have the chance to finish the weekend with a double-digit lead atop the table.
Karim Benzema rejoined Real for training on Saturday and is set to be available for Sunday’s showdown, barring any discomfort. He had to be taken off a week ago against Real Sociedad with a minor hamstring injury, missing out on Tuesday’s Champions League win over Inter Milan. If he can’t go, Carlo Ancelotti will likely turn to Luka Jovic, who scored against Sociedad but struggled to make much of an impact midweek. The partnership of Benzema and Vinicius in attack has been one of the main reasons why Real have become the clear favorites to win the league after their electric start to the season.
Atleti enter with a ton of injury issues, both at the back and in attack. Star striker Luis Suarez was substituted early in that 3-1 win over Porto with an apparent injury, but he did return to training on Friday after not practicing on Thursday. It looks like he very well may just play. Fellow Uruguayan, Jose Maria Gimenez, Atleti’s best center back, returned to the team this week and looks set to feature as well, meaning Diego Simeone could have two of his biggest players for its biggest remaining game of the calendar year.
There were question marks over Real Madrid heading into the 2021-22 campaign, with only Eduardo Camavinga and David Alaba arriving to boost the squad over the summer, while influential defenders Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos were both allowed to move on in search of pastures new.
Los Blancos have been excellent this season, though, securing their spot in the knockout round of the Champions League as Group D winners, in addition to sitting eight points clear at the top of La Liga.
Indeed, a record of 12 wins, three draws and one defeat from 16 matches has brought Carlo Ancelotti’s side 39 points, leaving them eight clear of second-placed Sevilla and 10 ahead of Atletico in fourth, although both teams have a game in hand over the current leaders.
Real Madrid have incredibly won each of their last nine matches in all competitions, including a 2-0 success over Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday, while they ran out 2-0 winners over Real Sociedad in the league last weekend courtesy of goals from Vinicius Junior and Luka Jovic.
Ancelotti’s team now have three league matches ahead of the winter break, facing Atletico, Cadiz and Athletic Bilbao, and it would be difficult to imagine the capital giants being caught in the second half of the campaign if they can open up a double-figure lead heading into the winter break.
Atletico will be aware of the importance of this weekend’s Madrid derby if they are to stay in touch with the leaders, but the reigning Spanish champions have found it difficult to show consistency in recent weeks.
Diego Simeone’s side suffered a shock 2-1 home loss to Mallorca last weekend, with the result seeing them drop down to fourth spot in the table, two points behind second-placed Sevilla and 10 off the summit.
Atletico did manage to secure a huge victory in the Champions League on Tuesday, though, recording a 3-1 win over Porto to book their spot in the last-16 stage of the competition as Group B runners-up.
The Spanish champions have already dropped points in seven of their 15 league matches this season, but they are the second-highest scorers in La Liga this term behind Real Madrid, finding the back of the net on 27 occasions, although Luis Suarez’s likely absence through injury this weekend is a big blow.
Atletico have not beaten Los Blancos in La Liga since a 1-0 victory at Bernabeu during the 2015-16 campaign, although five of the last eight league meetings between the two sides have finished level, including a 1-1 draw at Wanda Metropolitano back in March.