Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid LIVE Football Score 26 Jan 2023
After losing out to El Clasico rivals Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup final just under two weeks ago, Real Madrid have since responded with back-to-back away victories over Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao.
Los Blancos came from two goals down at half time to beat Villarreal 3-2 in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey – setting up Thursday’s tie with Atletico – before securing a 2-0 victory in La Liga against Bilbao on Sunday, courtesy of strikes either side of half time from Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos.
While closing the three-point gap to league leaders Barcelona will be high on Carlo Ancelotti’s agenda, his Real Madrid side now turn their attention back to the Copa de Rey, with the Spanish giants seeking to win the competition for the first time since 2013-14.
Indeed, Los Blancos have failed to even reach the Copa del Rey final over the last eight years and have been eliminated at the quarter-final stage on four occasions during this period, including a 1-0 loss to Bilbao last season.
Having played each of their last seven matches away from home across all competitions, Real Madrid will welcome Thursday’s return to the Bernabeu, where they are unbeaten in 10 games so far this campaign, albeit keeping only one clean sheet during this run.
Los Blancos have already beaten Atletico in La Liga this season, the aforementioned 2-1 away win four months ago, while they have also won each of their last four home meetings against them without
Atletico Madrid experienced an indifferent start to the New Year after winning, drawing and losing in each of their first three games, but they have since bounced back by beating Levante and Real Valladolid without reply.
Los Colchoneros secured a 2-0 away win over Levante in the last 16 of the Copa de Rey, before claiming maximum points in La Liga with a 3-0 home victory against Valladolid last weekend, with Alvaro Morata, Antoine Griezmann and Mario Hermoso all on the scoresheet within the first 28 minutes.
Hopes of a title charge appear to be over for Diego Simeone’s side, who sit in fourth place and 13 points behind Barcelona at the summit having played a game more, and they are instead facing a battle to qualify for the top four as they currently sit level on points with Villarreal in fifth place.
Atletico will now endeavour to build on their recent victories with a triumph in the Madrid derby, a fixture in which they have beaten rivals Real only twice in their last 13 competitive meetings across all competitions.
Like Real, Atletico have also endured a long drought without winning the Copa del Rey, last getting their hands on the trophy in the 2012-13 campaign. Los Colchoneros have been eliminated on three occasions at the quarter-final stage over the last nine years, while they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to third-tier outfit Cornella in the second round last season.
Atletico have favoured playing away from home in recent weeks, winning four and drawing one of their last five matches on the road, and they will hope to catch Real on an off day on Thursday as they bid to reach the Copa del Rey semi-finals for the first time in six years.
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