Madrid derby will be intense, promises Atletico’s Reinildo | Football News

PANAJI: There was a time when the Madrid Derby was hopelessly one-sided with Real Madrid in charge.
Atletico de Madrid had the stomach for a fight at kick-off, but once they conceded they simply faded. Rich in history, derbies have become troublesome. They even put up a sign — Wanted: A worthy rival for a decent derby.
Well, Diego Simeone’s arrival at Atleti changed everything, including the derby.
Now it’s a competition without limits, among the most watched football matches around the world.
“It will be an interesting and intense game on Sunday,” said the Atleti left-back. Reinildo Mandava told TOI during an online interaction with select media around the world. “We play a great team with great players and league champions. We know what we have to do and work very hard to make sure we get the three points, which are important for us in (the race for) The league (Title). It won’t be easy for anyone.”
Reinildo should know what a derby looks like.
The Mozambican defender joined Los Colchoneros in the January transfer window last year and featured in the lone goal win over Real Madrid at the Metropolitano. It came late in the season when their city rivals were already crowned champions, but since that defeat Carlo Ancelotti’s side have not tasted defeat.
If Real Madrid arrived as La Liga champions on their last trip to the Metropolitano in May, they will arrive on Sunday with another enviable record. Ancelotti’s all-conquering side are the only side in Europe’s top five leagues with a perfect record and have already opened up a five-point lead over their perennial city rivals.
“We know it’s a great team with great players and a great manager, probably the favourites, but are we worried? Surely not. We just have to be extra careful on the pitch. We know the difficulties we have to face face, we know we have to suffer (on the pitch), but that doesn’t really worry us,” said Reinildo, who has more blocks than any other player in La Liga this season.
Real Madrid have looked unstoppable this season, winning the first five games of a new league season for the first time since 2009. But if there’s one team that can bring them back down to earth, it’s the one with the powerful and prowling presence of Simeone on the ground. sideline. He did it in May last season to save their Champions League hope and relish the chance to win back-to-back derbies for the first time since 2014-15.
It’s not the most glamorous name of an Atleti team that has like Joao FelixKoke, Saul and Antoine Griezmann, Reinildo enjoys the confidence of Simeone and is now the go-to man, whether at left-back or, when needed, even in the center of defence.
The 28-year-old joined Atleti from Lille, having been named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year the previous season. At a time when the club was uncharacteristically sloppy at the back, Reinildo helped steady the ship.
“It wasn’t just me,” Reinildo said. “When I arrived here I had the opportunity to represent this great club and my teammates trusted me. The improvements (in defense) were real teamwork, defensive work with the coach .”
Atleti will need another disciplined show against Real Madrid, who score for free, even though the best striker of all, Karim Benzema, is unable to make the trip due to injury.
“Here we always play to win. We prepared to win. We are going to win,” said Reinildo, who boasts a one-hundred percent winning record in the Madrid Derby.
That victory in May was Atleti’s first against Real Madrid since arriving at their impressive new stadium in 2017. Now that they know what a derby victory looks like in front of their home crowd at the Metropolitano, they will want a repeat.

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