The great game of the weekend in LaLiga will be the Madrid derby between Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid. The meringues receive the colchoneros with a comfortable lead in the lead, and those of Simeone are forced to win to reengage in the battle for the title.
In the preview of the match, an already classic paddle tennis tournament has been played in which former players of the two Madrid teams participate. Milinko Pantic and Luis Milla have been there, who have also gone through the microphones of ‘SER Deportivos’ to analyze Sunday’s match.
What are your best memories of a derby?
For Pantic, there are few good memories playing against Madrid. “None. A draw at the Bernabéu when we signed Juninho. In my time we tried, but we never beat Real Madrid. But hey, we won a league by losing two games against them.”
Luis Milla has a somewhat bittersweet memory. “When I signed with Madrid in 1990, I injured my crusader and only played the last games. One was against Atleti, which I went out and won 3-0. It is a difficult memory because of how that year was, but I remember that one. match”
What feeling do you have before the game?
Pantic believes that the moment each team goes through does not matter so much, since these games are unpredictable. “Winning in Porto, everything looks better. It’s a derby, it doesn’t matter the classification and the state of the team. I’ve always said there are no favorites. If Atleti loses, they leave the League in the hands of Madrid.”
Luis Milla thinks something very similar, who gives a name to take into account. “They are both rushing. It will be a very equal match. Madrid are in a great moment, they are coming with a streak of important results, but a derby is a derby and there is no favorite. Atleti will have to adjust a lot to stop them. Vinicius, the confidence he has is incredible. “
How to stop Vinicius? What weapons does Atleti have?
Former mattress Milinko Pantic sees it as very difficult. “A single player is impossible, he is very fast. We have casualties in that band. We need a lot of help and a lot of coverage. I think he is the fittest player in Europe.”
And Luis Milla affirms that the loss of Suárez does not come at all bad for Atleti. “The motivation of Atleti players when they play against Madrid is incredible. When they play with Suárez, they have more problems defending. There they have difficulties adjusting, and when Suárez is not there I think Atleti is more comfortable, with Griezmann or Cunha. He is going to let himself be subdued and go out attacking the spaces. But in Madrid, Militao and Alaba are at a great level “.
In which player do you see yourself reflected?
Pantic has it clear. “I would like to think of Joao Félix. He has everything, but perhaps he is not an ideal player for the Cholo system. He needs freedom, to feel loved, to laugh on the field and nothing else, because we have not seen him smile on the field for a long time. That is a sign that something is wrong “
Instead, Milla hesitates more to find an example. “I could tell you a mix between Casemiro and Kroos. I was more of a ‘stopper’, like Casemiro, but without that physique, but I also had a good pass”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.