Atletico Madrid vs. Real Madrid: Key Battles to Watch

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Atletico Madrid vs. Real Madrid: Key Battles to Watch
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After dreams of La Decima took more than a tumble on Wednesday night, Real Madrid would probably prefer to not be playing their increasingly noisy neighbors on Saturday evening.

Not since 1999 have Atletico Madrid beaten their fellow city dwellers, but once again there is renewed optimism for them to believe this weekend could be the one.

Atleti have occupied the second spot in La Liga for most of the season, until Los Blancos recently jumped ahead of them.

The gap is just three points, and a win for Diego Simeone and his men would leave them separated only by the head-to-head record between the two teams—Real won 2-0 at the Bernabeu in December.

There will be intriguing battles all over the pitch and on the touchline. Here are some to watch out for in this weekend's Madrid derby.

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