"It will be hard for all of us to face Real Madrid, but I expect it to be a game which he can make more comfortable for us", he added.
Atletico were seven points adrift of the top of La Liga after drawing to Eibar two weeks ago, and it was not out of the question their rivals were loading up for a knock-out blow at the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend.
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"There are two teams here and they are very big here in Madrid, and for us, it's a very special match". Here are three reasons why Atletico Madrid could defeat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
The hosts then edged the second half, with young attacker Marco Asensio almost scoring with a close-range effort that was well saved by Atletico keeper Jan Oblak.More news: Cardi B Arrested and Charged After Strip Club Incident
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Real Madrid host Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid in the first major clash of the season.
"On Saturday there is no favourite, the only thing we can know for sure is that it will be a attractive game".
Griezmann attempted an audacious volley that flew over and then came his team's best chance when he only had Courtois to beat. This is impressive for such an expansive system which commits so many players forward.
Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui said after the game that Bale would be assessed on Sunday.
"They are candidates to win everything, so I am happy as we were better than a great team tonight". Of course there were a couple of setbacks but we showed we had players who can come in and play well.
Atletico had been relieved to reach half-time - Simeone had even poked a second ball onto the pitch to disrupt Real's rhythm - but the match simmered after the restart. "We can't get too carried away with the victories nor get too concerned with the losses".