Not so long ago, Atletico de Madrid made a huge statement by completely destroying Real Madrid at MetLife Stadium, beating them 7-3 for an International Champions Cup matchup.
This was the biggest triumph in the Spanish capital derby history, although it won’t count for the record books because it was just a friendly game.
Still, there was a lot of speculation regarding how Zidane and Real Madrid would face this upcoming match vs. Diego Simeone’s team, as, by no means, he can afford to be humiliated that way again.
However, the French boss played down that match and claimed this weekend’s clash will have nothing to do with what happened a couple of months ago in U.S Soil:
“It’s nothing to do with the game really, no. We just have a game tomorrow and we’re going to try and win. No, no, I’m not worried about anything. We just want to put in a good performance, that’s it. We know how tough the game is going to be. We’re going to have to do a lot of things during the game. It’s not just about intensity,” Zidane said during his pre-match press conference, as quoted by Football Espana.
Real Madrid were bailed out by Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo during their last outing vs. Osasuna, winning 2-0 to climb all the way to the top of the La Liga table despite their poor performances.
Also, they were thrashed 3-0 by Paris Saint-Germain for their debut in this year’s UEFA Champions League group stage, even despite the fact that Kylian Mbappe and Neymar were ruled out of the game.
Hence, Zidane can’t be that confident at all when his team takes the pitch to face Atletico de Madrid, but one thing’s for sure: even if Los Colchoneros end up on top, another 7-3 triumph is highly unlikely.