Koke On Atletico Madrid Derby, Cristiano Ronaldo's Absence

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Real Madrid entertain Atletico Madrid in the Madrid derby which promises to be the standout game of Spain's Matchday 7 this weekend.

Sevilla followed its 3-0 rout of Real Madrid with a 3-1 win at Eibar, a match that had to be stopped for a few minutes in the second half because fans fell onto the pitch when a railing collapsed.

The Wales global suffered a muscle injury and was substituted at the start of the second half of Real's 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Atletico sit two points behind leaders Barcelona and Real in La Liga, on level terms with Deportivo Alaves and Espanyol, and know that an away victory will prove vital to their title ambitions.

Real are joint-top of the standings, locked on 14 points with Barcelona, who have a slightly superior goal difference, despite their surprise 1-1 draw at home to Athletic Bilbao.

Slovenian worldwide 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.

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"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". "In the end, matches are analysed on results - but you can't win the league with only 11 players".

"I look beyond the last game when I look at Madrid", Simeone said. This is impressive for such an expansive system which commits so many players forward. "Physically, he is strong and against Madrid, I expect him to have a great game".

The team is improving and also the individualities.

"Gareth felt an issue in his abductor in the first half", Lopetegui said.

FC Barcelona can take little pleasure from Real's midweek defeat as they were beaten by bottom of the table Leganes and the pressure is starting to build on coach Ernesto Valverde given they could only draw their last home game against Girona. 'I value them for their characteristics and potential.

Bale did not emerge for the second period, substituted with a thigh injury, which will be a major concern for coach Julen Lopetegui. "We had chances through Griezmann and Costa but they were saved by Courtois". "We can't get caught up with what happened in the past".

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