Lopetegui demands reaction from Real Madrid in derby against Atletico

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Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale will miss the club's Champions League match on Tuesday at CSKA Moscow.

But after back-to-back wins Atletico come into Saturday's game just two points behind Barcelona, who top the table on goal difference, and Real - who drew away at Athletic Bilbao before being hammered 3-0 by Sevilla on Wednesday.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has spoken of his excitement ahead of the Madrid derby on Saturday, and also commented on what the match will be like without superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Atletico only managed to muster five points across their first four games of the new campaign in La Liga but have since won three on the bounce, including coming from a goal down to defeat Monaco 2-1 in the first game of the Champions League group stages.

Real and Atletico face midweek Champions League matches away to CSKA Moscow and home to Club Brugge respectively, but there was no letting up on their part.

After the match, Ramos also touched on the situation: "I have not spoken with Griezmann, regardless of the opinion of each other, one must always have the utmost respect for a fellow professional". He has scored three goals in eight games, but more importantly has provided the team with an outlet up front which appears to bring out the best in strike-partner Antoine Griezmann.

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Bale could have won it for Real too but he sidefooted wide from close range towards the end of the first half and then had to be replaced.

Simeone's side claimed a deserved point at the Santiago Bernabeu, but things could have been even better had they been given a first-half penalty for an apparent handball. "We had chances through Griezmann and Costa but they were saved by Courtois".

Later in the day, Real Madrid went into their Derby clash against Atletico Madrid, looking to overtake their fierce rivals.

Spain's biggest three clubs, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, find themselves in the weird situation of having made poor starts to the campaign by their usual high standards while not losing any ground in the La Liga title race.

On the extent of Bale's injury, Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui said: "He had discomfort in his adductor at half-time and as a precaution he didn't come out for the second half". They can make mistakes, as they were all wrong. The 36-year-old has reffed both Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid this season with the rojiblancos drawing with Eibar and Real Madrid beating Girona. Real have the same number of points as they did after seven games last season.

"I look beyond the last game when I look at Madrid", Simeone said.

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