How Real Madrid could line up against CSKA Moscow

How Real Madrid could line up against CSKA Moscow

How Real Madrid could line up against CSKA Moscow

He has scored three goals in eight games, but more importantly has provided the team with an outlet up front which appears to bring out the best in strike-partner Antoine Griezmann. They were well beaten in a 3-0 defeat away at Sevilla last week and drew 0-0 at home in the derby match against Atletico on Saturday.

Madrid confirmed Brazil global Marcelo has been diagnosed with a calf problem after being forced off late in their 3-0 defeat to Sevilla on Wednesday. Courtois had played seven Madrid derbies for Atletico but now he was in the other team's goal.

Lopetegui couldn't count on left back Marcelo and midfielder Francisco "Isco" Alarcon because of injuries while 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.

Barcelona leads with 14 points, leaving behind Real Madrid with 13 points, and Atletico Madrid with 11 points.

The hosts then edged the second half, with young attacker Marco Asensio almost scoring with a close-range effort that was well saved by Atletico keeper Jan Oblak.

Atletico already got the best of Real Madrid the first time the teams met this season.

Curren champion Barcelona ended in a draw the match against Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

"I have to judge the games we have coming up and we have four games in the space of 10 days", Valverde, whose side will face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Wednesday, told a news conference.

With a hard Champions League trip to play Tottenham in midweek, Valverde must again consider squad rotations, when Barca take on his former club, Athletic Club Bilbao on Saturday afternoon. This is impressive for such an expansive system which commits so many players forward.

"We are getting used to winning again", said Atletico's Filipe Luis, while Angel Correa added: "This is the Atletico we want".

The team is improving and also the individualities.

"We have not won because we didn't score but overall we have been very superior", Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui said.

All that changed in 2013, when Diego Simeone masterminded Atletico's first triumph in nearly two decades in the final of the Copa Del Rey at the home ground of Real Madrid, and since then Atleti have not looked back. "We've only just begin but I'm delighted with the motivation and predisposition the players have shown".

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