Real Madrid kicked off their defence of their Champions League title with a 3-0 victory over Roma, but they have been in mixed form of late.
Real and Atletico face midweek Champions League matches away to CSKA Moscow and home to Club Brugge respectively, but there was no letting up on their part. "I'm happy because the team showed pride, personality and played good football".
Slovenian worldwide Oblak helped Atletico withstand a flurry of Real attacks, denying Marco Asensio at point-blank range and later turning away a stinging shot from Dani Carvajal from inside the area. Gareth Bale was replaced at halftime with an apparent injury.
Former AS Monaco star Thomas Lemar made a significant impact in both of those victories.
Atletico beat Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup final in the beginning of the season.
Real manager Julen Lopetegui told the press: "When one wears this shirt, every game is special for the players and that applies to the coach too".
"We deserved the win but unfortunately we didn't manage to convert our chances". "But we were far superior to Atletico Madrid, in the end of first half and entire second half. They are candidates to win everything, so I am happy as we were better than a great team tonight". "You take into account the statistics and make a decision". Nevertheless his battle with Ramos and Varene is likely to be a key factor in what promises to be a vital game and one which Lopetegui probably needs to win more than Simeone.
"Right from a young age, I dreamed of playing for Real Madrid, the best team in the world".