One of the most consequential Madrid derbies in recent memory will take place today at the Wanda Metropolitano. Atletico Madrid host Real Madrid in La Liga, with Los Rojiblancos currently setting the pace at the top of the table but under increasing pressure from their city neighbours and Barcelona.
👥 ¡La alineación de nuestro 𝗔𝘁𝗹𝗲𝘁𝗶 para el derbi! ⚡
— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) March 7, 2021
Atletico are five points clear of Madrid but just two clear of Barcelona, albeit with a game in hand on Madrid and two on Barcelona. Both are in better form than Atletico, who have lost one and won two of their previous five in La Liga. Both Barcelona and Madrid have won four of their last five.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) March 7, 2021
Los Rojiblancos started the season on fire, but have faltered in recent times. Their traditionally adversarial mentality befits suits the underdog, the man on the shoulder as opposed to leading the pack. Retaining their mental fortitude will be essential should they intend on winning a second league title this century, and today’s derby will be a stern test.