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Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid: Ancelotti and Simeone’s rivalry goes back a long way

Rivalries are resumed this Sunday for Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone, as Real Madrid host Atletico Madrid at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

The two head coaches are already quite familiar with each other, after going head-to-head over two seasons during Ancelotti‘s first spell in the Spanish capital.

In just two campaigns, they faced each other a surprising 13 times, a remarkable eight of which came in the 2014/15 season and most memorably in the Champions League final in Lisbon in 2014.

During this period, the two clubs clashed in LaLiga Santander, the Champions League, the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa de Espana.

Simeone came out with the better record from the 13 matches they played, with five wins, four draws and four defeats.

They met again in the 2016/17 Champions League group stage, with Ancelotti in charge of Bayern Munich. They each emerged with a win apiece, bringing their total number of matches against each other to 15.

La Decima

The derbies from that period were tightly balanced, with both sides enjoying good results in this fixture.

The game that stands out, however, is the Champions League final in Lisbon, which saw Ancelotti‘s men defeat Atletico and secure the 10th Champions League trophy in Real Madrid‘s history.

Europe’s top competition is where Ancelotti really came into his own, winning the final and also eliminating Los Rojiblancos at the quarter-final stage the season after.

Simeone enjoyed more success in LaLiga Santander, though, winning three and drawing one of their four matches, and winning the title in the 2013/14 campaign.

A trophy-laden period

Atletico defeated Real Madrid in the final of the Supercopa de Espana in 2014, and both sides eliminated each other in the Copa del Rey – Los Blancos going through in 2013/14 and Los Rojiblancos in 2014/15.

Both clubs enjoyed great success over these two seasons, with Ancelotti winning the Champions League, Copa del Rey, European Super Cup and the Club World Cup, and Simeone lifting the LaLiga Santander title and the Supercopa de Espana.


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