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Real scoring streak facing tough Atletico test in derby

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And with strike partner Kevin Gameiro out with a left-leg injury, the burden will be even greater.

"He has improved enormously because he wanted to and he has looked to improve".

Antoine Griezmann: "I see us as favourites".

As for Atletico, the side have made progress in recent weeks, climbing to third after Sevilla's shocking loss of form.

"I always believe in my team and my teammates".

Kroos has established himself as one of Zidane's most important players at Madrid with the 27-year-old making 23 league outings and providing ten assists, with only Barcelona's Luis Suarez playing more. They have scored goals, and more importantly won five of their last six. Simeone continues to be making several changes to the starting XI of late, but almost all of them have come as a result of spinning since Atletico are also competing in the UEFA Champions League. Los Merengues are coming off a 4-2 triumph over Leganes away from your house, while Los Colchoneros procured their fifth straight win after conquering Real Sociedad 1-0 at home.

"Madrid and their numbers are extraordinary - they have won the Champions League and the Club World Cup".

While Zinedine Zidane has little to offer by ways of explanation, he did say his side would be prepared for the Madrid derby and that he is focusing on the game rather than his managerial future.

"Everyone talks about how well they defend".

They could have been behind inside the opening five minutes but Messi's first-time strike from just outside the area came back off the underside of the bar.

But a Morata header in the 48th minute deflected in off Leganes captain, Martin Mantovani, to seal victory for Real.

Zidane took a risk in fielding a Madrid side of fringe players against Leganes - with the spectre of a tough task against Bayern Munich on the horizon. "We will speak about Theo, this issue, others, lots of things".

"We know that, beyond the points in play and the Champions League, we have to win this match for our fans", Griezmann said. So much so that in the same campaign in which he took the reins of the team, we managed to win the Champions League.

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