Simeone: Derby is just another game

Atletico boss Diego Simeone insists that his team's remarkable record at their Madrid rivals' home stadium does not factor into his preparations.

The 2013/14 La Liga champions may have won their last three matches at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu but the club's manager feels that this has no significance.

"It’s like going to any other stadium, we always want the three points. We need the points for our objectives," he told reporters ahead of Saturday's Madrid derby.

“We expect our opponents to come out strong, with very high pressure and lots of pace in the first 20-25 minutes.

“Madrid and their numbers are extraordinary: they’ve won the Champions League and Club World Cup, they’re still top and on their way to winning the League, they look focused and their numbers speak for themselves."

Atletico currently find themselves a full ten points behind Los Blancos who are two points ahead of second-placed Barcelona.

The Catalans will be hoping for Simeone's side to continue their remarkable record at the Bernabeu and will then look to overcome 15th-placed Malaga in order to nab the top spot in the league table.

Any such advantage may only be temporary, however, as the current leaders have a game in hand over Luis Enrique's men and will need to drop points again if they are to lose their grip on the prestigious trophy.

"A match is just a match and different situations, which have no connection with when it’s being played, can happen," Simeone said when asked whether he considers the hosts to be the favouristes for the clash. "You can win any match."

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