Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka praised his charges after their 2-1 win against local rivals Atletico Madrid.The two sides went head-to-head in a tussle for the La Liga runners-up spot on Saturday, with Real securing three points thanks to Angel Di Maria's winner.
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone admitted his side missed a great chance to triumph over local rivals Real Madrid on Saturday evening.Despite an impressive performance, Atletico went down 2-1 with a Juanfran own goal and a well-taken strike from Angel di Maria cancelling out Rademel Falcao's early header.
Real Madrid kept their faint title hopes alive with a 2-1 win over local rivals Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday.
Real Madrid have confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will miss out on Saturday's derby clash against Atletico Madrid due to a leg injury.
Iker Casillas has pledged to do his utmost to win back his starting berth at Real Madrid after losing his spot to Diego Lopez.
The 31-year-old sustained a fractured hand in Madrid's
1-1 Copa del Rey draw against Valencia in January and has been out of action ever since.
Casillas was given the go-ahead by Madrid's medical staff earlier this month, but manager Jose Mourinho has chosen to stick with the ex-Sevilla and Villarreal man.
However, Casillas is more than willing to fight for his place and is desperate to return to the first team.
"I'm not giving up for a moment. That's good for Diego Lopez too. I keep pushing and it keeps him on his toes. He's put in some really good performances and helped get the team where it is," Casillas said.
"I am ready to play. I'm available for the coach and to help the team. The one who decides is someone else, though, not me.
"Now I have to wait for my chance and make the most of it when it comes. After three months without playing I have the keenness of a child."
Casillas could make his comeback at the weekend as Real Madrid take on city-rivals Atletico on Saturday.
Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid go head to head this weekend with both pride and second place in La Liga at stake for the victors.Atletico have performed above all expectations this season and spent a large part of the campaign ahead of their city rivals in the league table.
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has argued his side's next step is to reach the top of La Liga ahead of their derby clash with Real Madrid.Simeone's side will head into Saturday's derby in third place in La Liga, three points behind Real with five games to follow the weekend's action.
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been cleared to play in Saturday's Madrid derby after his appeal against a yellow card received in the win over Sevilla was upheld.
Costa triggered an automatic one-match ban after receiving his 10th Liga caution of the season for a tackle on Geoffrey Kondogbia during his side's 1-0 victory on Sunday.
However, the Spanish Football Federation have agreed to rescind the yellow card, freeing the Brazilian to play at the Vicente Calderon this weekend.
Atletico go into the game in third place and trailing their city rivals by three points with six games remaining.
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