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The Real Madrid met last Wednesday against the Valencia and expected a Classic or a derby for the end of the Spain Supercup. The Athletic surprised the Barcelona and traced a match in which those of Ernesto Valverde They paid dearly for their mistakes, thus depriving fans of seeing a duel between merengues and culés just a few weeks after the league clash. But the derby arrives loaded with emotion.
Madrid and Atleti will see each other's faces up to twice in just 20 days. First this Sunday 12th in the Super Cup final and within three weekends, on February 1, in the second leg of The league. The first contact between the two this season – avoiding the pre-season derby – was in September and ended 0-0.
That match came very soon to both a team and another, although since then the one who has washed his face most has been Madrid. Shortly after the draw of Wanda began the rise of the whites that has taken them here to face the derby of the final with more assurances.
Madrid forgets to lose
Being a final, the match will be life or death. There can only be one champion and there is a factor that raises Real Madrid as a favorite. Those of Zidane They have forgotten to lose. The whites do not lose and they drag a streak of 15 straight games without fitting a single defeat. The last one was against him Majorca in the league last October 19. Almost 100 days without losing and a whole first round without fail against the greats in their stadiums.
Valverde and the center of the field
The Wanda derby was the first big test for Fede Valverde. The Uruguayan was the surprise of Zidane's eleven and a very serious game. Since then the trend of Fede has not stopped going up and is already consolidated in the eleven of Zidane. Against Valencia it was the Madrid of the midfielders (specifically five) and against the Atleti the approach can be repeated.
The revolution of the Brazilians
Neither Rodrygo neither Vinicius they had minutes against Valencia … or in the League derby. In Wanda, Vinicius was waiting on the bench for an opportunity that did not come and Rodrygo was not even summoned. They hope to have the opportunity against Atleti in one of the next two derbies and be the surprise factor that can save Madrid from a hurry.
Courtois and the white wall
If there is another player who has improved from September to January it has been Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian goalkeeper, with an athletic past, has grown great under sticks until he is one of the most dominant goals at the moment. He has conceded seven goals in the last matches (0.46 goals per game). The defense has taken a step forward and also has its merit in this defensive improvement of Madrid.
The reinforcements for La Liga
For the Super Cup final, Zidane must decide whether to bet again on the five midfielders as he did against Valencia. For the League derby will have reinforcements. The white coach hopes to recount for the duel of the Santiago Bernabeu with Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale Y Eden Hazard. The first two have lost the Super Cup at the last minute and the Belgian is counting the days to join the team and arrive in full form to the game against Atleti.
(More information: This is how Real Madrid began preparing the final of the Spanish Super Cup)