Can Atletico Madrid’s defenders stop Cristiano Ronaldo from doing damage against them again?
The Real Madrid main man wrought havoc on Atletico the last time they had clashed in a Madrid Derby.
Ronaldo netted his 39th career hat-trick powering Real to a 3-0 dumping of their city rivals right at the latter’s home ground – Vicente Calderon Stadium.
When they renew their rivalry for another derby encounter, Ronaldo will attempt to give home fans another dazzling display on the pitch, this time at their beloved Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Before they were embarrassed at home, Atletico nipped their rivals 1-0 as visitors, while the other three meetings had Atletico winning twice and the other one resulting in draw.
Following that amazing Ronaldo show, momentum shifted to Real’s side although things can change in drastic way should this coming visit by Atletico provide them with a higher gear in offence and defence.
Aside from Ronaldo, Real can also lean on the in-form Karim Benzema, Isco, Nacho and Sergio Ramos as well as James Rodriguez among others.
Meanwhile, Atletico will have Antoine Griezmann as main threat, and if Fernando Torres clicks along with Filipe Luis, Diego Godin, Yannick Carrasco, Angel Correa, and Kevin Gameiro, we can have a hard-fought match to expect.
Focus for this upcoming game will also centre on how Zinedine Zidane will outline strategies for the Los Blancos, and how Diego Simeone will orchestrate plays for the Rojiblancos.
So brace yourselves for another action-packed derby as Ronaldo try to will Real to another win over their neighbours.
But will Atletico be easy preys at the Bernabeu?
If Ronaldo performs to expectations and his teammates provide ample support, expect another full three points and the bragging rights for the hosts.
On the other hand, Atletico will be ready on this trip and they will be looking for a morale-boosting away win.