Real Madrid's Gareth Bale sits out Champions League trip to Moscow

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale sits out Champions League trip to Moscow

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale sits out Champions League trip to Moscow

We know we're going to face one of the best teams in the world.' Simeone added at a press conference: 'It will be a tough match, like all the games we play against Madrid and we will have to seize control of it'.

Real Madrid's 3-0 defeat to Sevilla on Wednesday has set the alarm bells ringing after they were outplayed and outfought by Sevilla.

Alaves missed the chance to go joint top when they were held by Getafe on Thursday, but the team from Vitoria will fancy their chances against Levante who were Valladolid's victims on Thursday and lost their last home game 6-2 against Sevilla.

Replaced by Dani Ceballos at half-time in tonight's Madrid Derby, a fresh Gareth Bale injury may play into the Republic of Ireland's hands ahead of next month's Nations League tie.

Atletico, 12 points, drop down to fourth, while Sevilla climb into third, with 13 points, after winning 3-1 at Eibar.

Slovenian global Oblak helped Atletico withstand a flurry of Real attacks, denying Marco Asensio at point-blank range and later turning away a stinging shot from Dani Carvajal from inside the area.

The team have bagged 12 goals, one less than past year on day seven of the domestic league and 13 less than in the 2014/2015 season, which was remembered as one the best attacking Real Madrid sides.

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Curren champion Barcelona ended in a draw the match against Atletico Madrid on Saturday. Los Blancos deserved the win and manager Julen Lopetegui agreed after the match.

"On Saturday there is no favourite, the only thing we can know for sure is that it will be a lovely game". This is impressive for such an expansive system which commits so many players forward.

"They are contenders to win everything, so I'm happy because we were better than a great team".

The team is improving and also the individualities.

Real have now failed to beat Atletico at home in the league in their last six attempts, with their last victory coming in December 2012 when Jose Mourinho was in charge. Of course there were a couple of setbacks but we showed we had players who can come in and play well.

"Immediately we have a magnificent challenge, a derby against Atletico, and just as we did not get carried away by the victories, we don't get bogged down by a defeat".

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