Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
The ground at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu will shake when Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid go head to head in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals. Los Blancos proved their worth in a 2-0 win over Athletic Club at the weekend, meaning that they are high on confidence ahead of Thursday’s Madrid derby. Tony Kroos should be recalled to the starting XI, as well as Luka Modric, while al Eden Hazard, Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez, David Alaba, and Aurelien Tchouameni remain in the recovery room.
Diego Simeone’s troops, on the other hand, faced no difficulties in a 3-0 win over Real Valladolid, but they will have a mountain to climb in El Madrileno. Since Atletico struggle on the travels, we are tempted to put our money on Carlo Ancelotti’s charges this time out. As for the away side, January signing Memphis Depay is pushing for a start, while both Reguilon and Savic are back from suspensions.
Highlighted Player (Karim Benzema):
Striker Karim Benzema came through his youth club Bron Terraillon in Olympique Lyon were he went through all the youth teams.
On January 15, 2005 Benzema made his debut for the first team of Lyon that season but did not have much playing time. In the 2007-2008 season he was indeed a permanent fixture in the team and he got his break . He grew that season right into a crowd favorite and clubs like Arsenal, Juventus, Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan showed interest in him.
Benzema in 2008 (like 2005, 2006, and 2007) was in the champions with Olympique Lyon and had no interest in leaving France. In 2008, Karim was named best French footballer.
Highlighted Team (Atletico Madrid):
Atletico Madrid are a Spanish team that plays in Primera Division (La Liga). Los Rojiblancos or los Colchoneros play their home matches at Estadio Vicente Calderon, which holds up to 54,960 spectators. Atletico Madrid have won 10 La Liga titles, but they have yet to lift the European Cup (Champions League) trophy.
Los Rojiblancos have won 10 Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) trophies and it has to be noted that they defeated their bitter local rivals Real Madrid in the 2012/2013 Spanish Cup final. The rivalry between the two capital clubs is pretty big and El Madrileno is regarded as one of the most exciting derbies in the world football.
Atletico Madrid played two Champions League finals under Diego Simeone, but they failed to beat Real Madrid in the title games (2013/2014 and 2015/2016). However, the Argentine tactician helped Atletico Madrid win the La Liga trophy in 2014 and, no doubt, he is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the capital club.