Real loss adds zing to Madrid derby

by Leon Thompson October 2, 2018, 1:47
Real loss adds zing to Madrid derby

Real Madrid will be looking for a second Champions League victory of the season when they travel to CSKA Moscow and Dan Fitch thinks they will get it.

"That's all it is, simply management", he added.

"He [Ramos] hasn't come with us because he has played countless minutes more than anyone else and because I've made the decision".

Sevilla have benefited the most from the stumbling form of the usual suspects and are now third after winning three games on the bounce, including thrashing Real 3-0 last Wednesday.

The Welshman was removed at half-time during Real's 0-0 draw with rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday after complaining of an issue in his thigh.

Gareth Bale came close to scoring for Real in the first half but was substituted at the start of the second with a suspected groin injury although his side improved without their record signing, nearly snatching a victor in stoppage time when captain Sergio Ramos headed narrowly wide.

Real Madrid's coach Julen Lopetegui looks on during La Liga soccer match between Sevilla and Real Madrid at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, in Seville, Spain on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018.

"They had two goals ruled out in Viktoria Plzen, they could have won".

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Juan Martínez Munuera wil ref the Madrid derby on Saturday night and he becomes the first referee to have VAR at his disposal in such a game. 'Everything goes fast in football, wins and defeats.

"There are two teams here and they are very big here in Madrid, and for us, it's a very special match".

Ahead of theri game against Real Madrid, Diego Simeone said, "Apart from their last game, where they faced a complicated opponent in Sevilla, who are not easy to compete against, I see a vertical Madrid".

In the end, both teams could have claimed victory but neither was perhaps too disappointed with a point. "We should have won the game before he came on, that's why we are Barca".

He told Cadena Ser's El Larguero programme: "Joining Real Madrid would for me be unthinkable...it would be very, very hard, nearly impossible".

Real and Atletico face midweek Champions League matches away to CSKA Moscow and home to Club Brugge respectively, but there was no letting up on their part.

"Physically, he is strong and against Madrid, he will surely have a great game".

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