Madrid Derby week and week of feelings on the surface. Real Madrid will host Atlético de Madrid at a Santiago Bernabéu that will once again host the maximum Madrid rivalry 679 days later. One of the main protagonists of these clashes is always Cholo Simeone, who has only lost one league game at the White Temple since his arrival at Atlético. We review how this duel has historically gone at the Santiago Bernabéu.
Considering only the crashes that have occurred in the Domestic Championship in the current Madrid fiefdom, the balance is very favorable to the whites. Real Madrid have won 45 games, drawn 15 and lost 12. A good win ratio for the meringues who, however, have seen their streak at the Santiago Bernabéu go awry since the arrival of Cholo Simeone.
Among the players who have played the most derbies, we only find three active players who could play tomorrow. The list is led by Paco Gento with 29 games, but on the hunt in fourth position is Karim Benzema who could play his 24th league derby. For Atlético de Madrid, Koke leads the ranking with 17 games.
Real Madrid’s historic run at the beginning of the century
If we start to count the matches from the end of the 20th century, more specifically since 1991, we find a Madridista superiority at the Santiago Bernabéu that lasted until 2012. Just a stain on the white file in 1999. In that match that It happened on October 30, the rojiblancos managed to conquer the green of Concha Espina thanks to the goals of Jose Mari and Hasselbank.
However, the data since 1991 is chilling. In more than 20 years, the Atléticos only got one victory. Real Madrid won 14 games, and the tables were signed on five occasions.
For the memory is the last Real Madrid victory before the streak ended. It was in the 2012/2013 season and Gregorio Manzano was on the Atlético de Madrid benches. The match was won by José Mourinho’s by two goals to zero thanks to goals from Mesut Ozil and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Without knowing it, Real Madrid created a beast, since a month after the crash and due to poor results, the mattress board decided to fire Gregorio Manzano. The rest is history …
With the arrival of Simeone everything changed
The Argentine coach rescued Atlético de Madrid and managed to enrage the Bernabéu. Since his arrival in January 2013, Cholo Simeone commanded the mattress team until the brutal data obtained in the white fiefdom.
There were 6 matches in a row, from 2013 to 2020, without losing as visitors in the domestic championship, 3 wins and 4 draws. However, in the last derby played at the Bernabéu in 2020, Real Madrid managed to return the usual trend by taking the three points thanks to a goal from Karim Benzema.
Last convulsive years
During the pandemic, Real Madrid moved to the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium in the sports city of Valdebebas. The last Madrid Derby that hosted Madrid was played on that stage, so the Bernabéu did not enjoy one of the best games of the season.
Now and with more enthusiasm than ever, the Madrid temple will receive an Atlético that needs to win. A victory for Real Madrid would place them as the absolute leader 13 points behind Atlético. A very difficult difference to overcome and, therefore, it is a key match for the aspirations and objectives of both teams.