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Once again the Madrid Derby has stopped by for the second time this season. Although Real Madrid have won more games (13) than Atletico (12) this season, the latter currently sit higher in the league table. For the upcoming derby, both teams seem to be in good shape. Yet, it still remains a matter of tactical intelligence of both teams’ managers which will allow each to play on their strengths while overcoming their flaws where possible.

This tactical preview analysis explains the strength and weakness of both teams in light of their recent performance and statistics. The preview also maps the possible tactical approaches to be followed by each team and the situations which can dictate which approach will dominate the other.

Real Madrid: fierce attack, flimsy defence

Real Madrid have scored 11 goals in their last five La Liga fixtures, despite posting an average expected goals (xG) of 1.2 over the course of the season. That indicates an aggressively fierce attack of Solari’s side. Their forward players are not only capable of composing neat link-up plays around the opposing back line but can also threaten the opposition goalkeeper with long-range shots.

This very trait could serve as a huge competitive advantage for Los Blancos over Los Colchoneros in the upcoming La Liga fixture.

You can read the rest of this tactical match preview by clicking here.