Hello. There have been some monstrous Madrid derbies in the Simeone years. This isn’t quite at the top of the list – it’s not a Champions League final for a start – but it does feel bigger than usual. Not only will the winner, if there is one, overtake Granada and go top of La Liga; they will also make a statement of title-winning intent.
With the usual champions Barcelona looking vulnerable away from home, today’s victory at Getafe notwithstanding, there is at least the potential for a new winner of La Liga.
In the meantime, it never hurts to turn over your local rivals. For Atletico, who plugged Real 7-3 in a pre-season match in New Jersey, victory would be especially sweet. They have won only once at home to Real in the league in the last 20 years, but they go into tonight’s match in fine mood. Whatever happens, Saturday night in Madrid will not be dull.
Kick off is at 8pm.