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Real Madrid’s derby encounter vs Atletico Madrid will not be rescheduled – report



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The 2023-24 season has already seen three derbies between Real Madrid and Atletico, and it is safe to say that all three games have been absolute spectacles to witness.

Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid have elevated the Madrid derby to the next level, with all three games ending in decisive results.

The first time the two teams clashed, Los Rojiblancos inflicted on Real Madrid their first defeat of the season. The two sides then met in the Middle East for the semifinals of the Supercopa de Espana where the Merengues got the better of their rivals and eventually won the title.

Days later, the Copa del Rey saw the two sides battle a fierce game that ran deep into extra-time. Atleti eventually prevailed and knocked Carlo Ancelotti’s men out of the competition, inflicting Real Madrid’s second defeat of the season.

The fourth derby

On Sunday, February 4, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid lock horns once more, this time in the Spanish League.

The date of the fixture, however, has been a topic of conflict with Diego Simeone’s side calling for a pre-ponement.

The Colchoneros have the first leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal against Athletic Club scheduled for Wednesday, February 7th.

Considering that they will have less than 48 hours to prepare for the same after the Madrid derby, they hope for it to be rescheduled to Saturday.

No luxury granted

Now, according to reports from Carrusel Deportivo (h/t Madrid Xtra), there is no intention of shifting the Madrid derby from Sunday to Saturday as Atletico Madrid wishes.

Los Rojiblancos, unsurprisingly, are unhappy with the development. An official request may change the decision, and it remains to be seen if the club administration goes for the aforementioned lever.

As for Real Madrid, they take on Getafe, Atletico Madrid and Girona in three vital games on the 1st, 4th and 10th of the month and do not have an easy schedule by any means.

Their elimination from the cup, in many ways, may prove to be a blessing in disguise.

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‘It’s a beautiful thing’ – Real Madrid megastar raring to play his sixth UCL final



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Real Madrid’s most crucial endeavour of the season edges closer as they gear up to take Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final.

Emotions are sure to be running high not only because of the monumental occasion; but also because a certain Toni Kroos will be playing his final game in the royal white jersey.

The German will be parting ways after enjoying 10 trophy-filled seasons and will aim to add another to his illustrious cabinet before he travels to Germany for the Euros in what will officially be his last rodeo in professional football.

Now, speaking in the build-up to the grand showdown with Borussia, Kroos has given his two cents on the team’s preparation and the morale inside the locker room.

On the upcoming Champions League final

Kroos acknowledged it felt incredible to play his sixth final for the Merengues, but claimed none of this success would have been possible without the efforts of a cohesive team.

“My sixth final? It’s a beautiful thing. I was lucky to play for a team that was able to achieve these successes.

“I am part of this, but I do not like to be alone, there is always the team. Without a team, it is impossible to do this,” Kroos remarked during an interview with RMTV.

Additionally, the German midfielder argued that Real Madrid were in high spirits today and they have the potential to surprise people.

“Today I saw everyone enjoying and looking forward to. The final is on Saturday. There is a competitor that may surprise some people.”

Kroos will play his last game for Real Madrid on Saturday. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Furthermore, Kroos is eager to close his Real Madrid career on a high and claims this will be his last effort before riding off into the sunset.

“This will be my last effort for Real Madrid. Hala Madrid,” he exclaimed.

On his farewell game

Kroos played his final game at the Santiago Bernabeu against Real Betis recently, and his emotional substitution in the 86th minute marked a poignant farewell.

As Kroos came off the pitch, he confessed that seeing his daughter cry was a difficult pill to swallow and he will carry these special moments till the very end.

“I tried not to cry on Saturday but when I saw my daughter cry it changed. It was very difficult for me. I will never forget these moments. I will remember forever, my children and my wife too,” he said.

The 34-year-old also mentioned that whenever he feels like experiencing a tear-jerker, he will take a trip down memory lane by looking at the farewell pictures.

“Saturday was the night of a lifetime. If one day at home I want to cry, I will look at the farewell pictures.”

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