Newly crowned Ballon D’or winner Cristiano Ronaldo will put the party celebrations on hold as he bids to prevent holders, Real Madrid, from exiting the Copa Del Rey.
Ronaldo picked up the award on Monday in a glittering ceremony in Zurich however attentions will not turn to on overturning a two goal deficit against Atletico.
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The Portuguese star was a reluctant viewer from the bench last time as goals from Raul Garcia and Jose Gimenez gave their rivals a first leg lead, however the current best player in the world is set to be included in the line-up this time round.
Real bounced back from the defeat to their neighbours with a 3-0 win over Espanyol, a result that saw them maintain their lead at the top of the league over Barcelona, however all eyes will be on the clash with Atletico on Thursday as Real bid to stay on track for a 20th cup win.
Real have no new injury worries ahead of the game with Luka Modric once again missing.
Atletico for their part could field Fernando Torres up front once again. The prodigal son made his second debut for the club last weekend but was a spectator for 68 minutes on Sunday as Atletico lost ground in the title race with a 3-1 defeat away to Barcelona.
That result leaves Diego Simeone’s side 3rd in the table, 3 points behind Barcelona and 4 adrift of Real, however despite the disappointment of the Nou Camp defeat, full-back Juanfran is confident ahead of the trip to Bernabeu.
“Real Madrid, regardless of this meeting of ours against Barca, will want to win the match and we are not going to allow it,” he told AS.
“And then we will think about the league match against Granada at the Calderon [on Sunday].
“This team in adversity has always shown its face and come stronger. In the Copa match at the Bernabeu we will be very strong and will start the match from minute one.
“Our level of confidence cannot be higher.”