Diego Simeone’s men are unbeaten in six derby matches with their archrivals but the managing director feels that means nothing heading into the Champions League quarter-final tie
Atletico Madrid will not dwell on their recent success against city rivals Real when they clash in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, according to managing director Clemente Villaverde.
Atletico have won four and drawn two of the clubs’ six meetings this season across the Spanish Supercopa, La Liga and Copa del Rey.
They are widely seen as having the Indian sign over Carlo Ancelotti’s men – even though Los Blancos won the Champions League last season by beating Atletico 4-1 in the final. Villaverde, however, insists history will count for nothing after they were paired again in Friday’s draw in Nyon.
He told Canal+: “Remembering past victories won’t help us. What we have to do is focus on the tie with respect.
“The last-16 tie against Leverkusen shows just how much we have grown in recent years.”
Villaverde stressed playing Madrid in Europe’s elite club competition will be different to meeting them in a domestic competition and admitted there would be no secrets on either side.
He added: “It’s not the same thing to play a Champions League tie as it is a league game and we are not going to discover what Real Madrid are all about now.”