Benitez expecting tough derby

Real Madrid head coach believes the El Derbi Madrileno against Atletico Madrid at Estadio Vicente on Sunday is going to be full of character and passion.

Both sides have enjoyed solid, if unspectacular starts to the league season with Real leading Atletico by two points and one position in the standings after the opening six games of the Liga campaign.

"Above all else, this game is going to be filled with character and passion, as you'd expect from a derby. They're a good team. They're well organised, play with intensity and have plenty of quality," he told reporters before the match.

"We know it's going to be very tough and that we'll need to respond to them with character and personality, try to play our football and continue doing things as we have been up until now, which has allowed us to pick up good results."

"Our plan going into this game is to win. That can be achieved through different means. By pushing forward, being patient. Atlético are a great side, a great club and they've been doing really well over the last few years.

"We know we're up against a great team, one that is very well managed, and there's the extra incentive of this being a derby game. We have faith in our abilities, we're really focused but so too are they," he concluded.