Real Madrid have not thrown in the towel on their ambitions of retaining their LaLiga champions status and have outlined a route-map to secure league glory come the end of the season.
Zidane’s men have earmarked securing nine points from their next three league outings ahead of a crucial showdown against Atlético on 7 March at the Wanda Metropolitano. Madrid welcome Valencia to Valdebebas on Sunday, then travel to Valladolid on 20 February and then face Real Sociedad at the Di Stéfano on the first day of March. Madrid want to go into the game against Atleti with 55 points.
When both Madrid giants earlier on in the season, Zidane’s men dominated proceedings and ran out 2-0 winners on the night and handed Cholo Simeone’s men their first and only LaLiga defeat of the current 2020/21 campaign.
Atletico’s next three matches are trick on paper as they travel to Granada this weekend and face Copa del Rey semi-finalists Levante next midweek (the rescheduled matchday 2 fixture) with their final game before the derby being a trip to La Cerámica to face Villarreal.
Despite the squad being heavily impacted by a series of important injuries, Zidane’s return from his covid 19 positive has seen the dressing room galvanise following the defeat to Levante with the likes of Courtois, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Varane and Benzema taking it upon themselves to plead for an extra effort as the season enters a critical phase with the return of the UEFA Champions League looming too. Real Madrid believe that as key players return from the sick-bay, they can both eliminate Atalanta and claw back the points to mount a series title battle with Atleti and Barcelona.