Hot & spicy battle at Santiago Bernabeu

Our Latin football expert Mustapha ‘El Loco’ Kamaruddin makes the obvious choice of talking about the stand-out match of the weekend - the Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid clash


IT'S the bitter Madrid derby again. This time is at Santiago Bernabeu when Real entertain Atletico in a Primera Liga clash on Sunday (5am).

And the derby this time promises to be a five-star contest between these two across the city rivals because of a few reasons.

For instance, there will be this intriguing battle between Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Atletico's Radamel Falcao.

Millions of fans, all over the world, just can't wait to see these two superstars clash head-on with Falcao enjoying the better form at the moment.

This despite the fact that Ronaldo is second in the top scorers' list with 12 goals while Falcao in third spot with 11.

On top is Barcelona's Lionel Messi with 19. He just can't stop scoring, can he?

Falcao has vowed to bring out the fire in him to try and do whatever he can to see Atletico prevail in the end.

This derby is so special for the prolific Colombia international as he is set to play his first ever game at the Bernabeu.

Falcao could not play last season due to the hamstring injury he suffered while playing with his country.

El Tigre did not play at the Bernabeu with his previous club Porto either, during the two seasons he spent as a striker at the Portuguese club.

For the record, Falcao did not play in Tuesday's Cope del Rey match against Jaen as he 'did not make' the squad.

It was obvious that Atletico manager Diego Simeone wanted to limit the risk of him getting injured.

Simeone wants Falcao to be fresh in his bid to trouble the Real defence and get a goal or two.

Ronaldo? Something must be troubling the Portuguese ace - based on his performance and body language of late.  

He is firing blanks and his fans must be hoping to regain his scoring touches against Atletico - a match Real can't afford to lose if they don't want to be 11 points behind their city rivals.

This does not happen that often.

Then leaders Barca are poised to beat Athletic Bilbao in an earlier match at Nou Camp on Sunday (3am) with Messi and Co already enjoying this 11-point cushion over Real.

To add spice to the Madrid clash is Senor 'Special One' himself.

It has been reported there is now this tension between Jose Mourinho and Real president Florentino Perez because of that 11-point advantage Barca have after just 13 matches.

There has already been this split among Real's supporters - one against Mourinho and the other for him.

This happened at the Bernabeu during Tuesday's Copa del Rey match against Alcoyano.

El Loco expects this to happen again in the match against Atletico.

Things do not look good for Real although Mourinho insists nothing is wrong with him, the players or the club.

But then again, there's a report that Paris Saint Germain are ready to give Mourinho that escape route from all his troubles in Madrid.

Real drama here.

So who will win on Sunday?

It would have been easy to predict in recent seasons. But not this time, Atletico may just spring a surprise to put Real into deeper trouble.

Don't miss this blockbuster.