Lopetegui: "This Real Madrid team wants to win LaLiga"

Julen Lopetegui has appeared in his pre-match press conference ahead of Real Madrid's Champions League match against CSKA Moscow in Russian Federation on Tuesday night.

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Live Score, Madrid derby Live Online Screening: Atletico Madrid visit the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday with a chance to overcome Real Madrid and move to the top of the league standings for the first time this season.

He will miss the reigning European champions' Group G game in Russian Federation, along with captain Sergio Ramos, who was also omitted from the squad announced on Sunday.

Real, meanwhile, went into the game hurting from a humiliating 3-0 defeat at Sevilla on Wednesday and were missing key players Isco and Marcelo through injury.

"We know what the atmosphere will be like, we have to be prepared for a Champions League match of the highest demand".

"I have to think about what might happen and I thought Leo and Busquets had to rest".

"It will be hard for all of us to face Real Madrid, but I expect it to be a game which he can make more comfortable for us", he added. They trail leaders Barcelona only on goal difference.

Gareth Bale could have won a pulsating encounter for Real too but he sidefooted wide from close range towards the end of the first half.

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.

It was Julen Lopetegui's first derby as Real coach, although he was the fifth Real manager Diego Simeone had stood opposite.

Barcelona and Madrid are level on 14 points atop the La Liga table, two points ahead of fourth-placed Sevilla.

"We have to approach each game in the best possible way and get the maximum number of points possible", he told the media. The Frenchman scored braces against Girona and Leganes, but has since failed to find the back of the net in his last three La Liga games.

Bale has also provided three assists, but Real will have to cope without him when they take on CSKA Moscow. Real have the same number of points as they did after seven games last season.

"There are two teams here and they are very big here in Madrid, and for us, it's a very special match".

  • Angelo Rivera