Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been a constant thorn in Real Madrid`s side this season but Wednesday`s Champions League clash at the Bernabeu was a bridge too far for the Argentine and his overachieving side.
With Real Madrid facing an injury crisis ahead of Wednesday`s Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid attention will be on talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to lead them through but James Rodriguez may hold the key.
Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale answered his critics in emphatic style when he ended a nine-game goal drought with a double for the European champions in a 2-0 La Liga victory against Levante at the Bernabeu on Sunday.
It is hard to imagine two more different characters than Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini, so it is no surprise that the Chelsea manager and his Manchester City counterpart seem to rub each other up the wrong way.
European champions Real Madrid have been ordered to close part of their Bernabeu stadium for one match after the club was charged over racist behaviour by fans during their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in April.
Real Madrid were given a chance to avenge last season`s Champions League semi-final defeat by Borussia Dortmund when the teams were drawn against each other on Friday in the quarter-finals of this year`s tournament.
Real Madrid can bury Atletico`s hopes of winning La Liga with a third straight victory against their city neighbours on Sunday (1600 GMT) that would leave the capital`s second club trailing by six points.