Sure, it is a Madrid derby, so one would expect a fair amount of enmity between the two capital clubs, although the level of hatred that seems to now exist between both teams is on an unprecedented level.
And that reflects Atleti’s recent upturn in fortunes on the pitch under head coach Diego Simeone, with the Argentinian firebrand having led his side to an unprecedented level of success of late.
In turn, that has brought Atletico more into conflict with their archrivals from across the city, resulting in some explosive encounters between the blue-collar men from the Vicente Calderon and their upstart neighbours from the Santiago Bernabeu.
So much so in fact that when Atletico beat Madrid on their own ground to win the 2013 Copa del Rey final, the match was marred by the issuing of 14 yellow cards and the dismissal of both Real playmaker Cristiano Ronaldo and boss Jose Mourinho.
And that’s before we even begin to mention Simeone’s touchline eruption in last season’s UEFA Champions League final (see video) involving the two Spanish giants.