Atletico visit Real in key Madrid derby on Saturday

Gelson Martins Atletico Madrid 2018

Gelson Martins Atletico Madrid 2018

Gareth Bale had to be substituted at half-time with what the club confirmed was a thigh strain and is a doubt for the European champions ahead of their visit to CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.

Reflecting on his first senior appearance, having starred for Madrid's Castilla side, Vinicius told Real Madrid TV: "I'm really pleased to have made my first appearance in a Real Madrid shirt".

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.

Real Madrid missed the chance to go two points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga as they drew 0-0 with Atletico Madrid on Saturday in an edgy, but entertaining, local derby in which the outstanding players were the two goalkeepers.

Bale had come close to scoring for Real, who improved after the interval and nearly snatched a victor in stoppage time when captain Sergio Ramos headed narrowly wide from a corner.

"Last year with [Samuel] Umtiti [against Barcelona] the same thing happened, they said it was involuntary, but what do you want me to say?" With that and the inconsistent nature of their results right now, the price for a Real Madrid win looks a little short.

"We are going to try to create as many chances as possible in each game and I am certain that everything will go where it should go". "But we were far superior to Atletico Madrid, in the end of first half and entire second half".

"We know what the atmosphere will be like, we have to be prepared for a Champions League match of the highest demand". They can make mistakes, as they were all wrong. We have a match every three days and, logically, we have had to respond.' The Real Madrid coach added: 'The reality is that the team is motivated and keen to win LaLiga and is very well set up to do so.

CSKA have scored in each of their last eight matches and that could be the key to unlocking some value for a Real Madrid win.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde put Messi in the game early in the second half, but the playmaker couldn't rally the team to victory. "Atletico are a great team with a fine collection of players".

"Yes, I think about it, especially as I am closer and closer", he said.

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