Real Madrid: The 5 most important games left in 2020

Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior
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Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid, La Liga, Dec. 13

Real Madrid will have three more matches to close 2020 after this matchup against Atletico Madrid, but you have to admit that there isn’t a bigger fixture than El Derbi except for El Clasico.

Last season, what set Real apart was their ability to win the biggest matches. Not only did they beat Sevilla twice, but they also did not surrender a single goal against Atletico Madrid or Barcelona. They drew 0-0 on the road to both teams and then beat them both in the second half of the season.

This year, Real defeated Barcelona 3-1 at the Camp Nou despite coming off some woeful performances against Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk. But it must be admitted, Barcelona have been at their worst to start the season, in even more dire straits than Los Blancos.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid are a force to be reckoned with. Behind new signing Luis Suarez, continued excellence from former Real Madrid standout Marcos Llorente, and huge performances from young superstar Joao Felix, Diego Simeone’s side has arguably been La Liga’s most impressive them after a poor 2019-2020.

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Real having home-field advantage matters, but what matters more is the former Atleti carry. They are one point ahead of Real Madrid and three points behind Real Sociedad despite having played two fewer games. So based on what we’ve seen before us, Atleti, who have allowed just two goals in seven games this season, are the best team in La Liga.

So to prove Real are the best, they must beat the best in El Derbi. It’s that simple. Atleti will be a tougher test than Barcelona, no doubt.