One man who knows everything about playing hard against Real Madrid is Antoine Griezmann.
He said he is ready now to face them in an El Classico for the first time as well!
“It’s nothing out of the ordinary. At the end, they’re an opponent we’re fighting for top spot with,” Griezmann said, courtesy of LaLiga.
“At Atletico it was already very important for the fans, it was a derby and now it’s El Clasico.
“Both here and at Atleti we want to beat Real Madrid, obviously, and we’ll do everything we possibly can to win the game.”
“It’s the most important game of the year,” he said.
“It’s a great show, the previous days are intense on the TV – because I always used to watch it on TV – and we will do everything we can do to try and be at our 100 per cent and win the game.
“I imagine there will be a great atmosphere, with great tension and great excitement from the fans and from ourselves.
“It’s a game you want to be a part of, no matter how.”
“Yes, yes, he is like that every year,” Griezmann said of Benzema. “For some reason people always doubt him but he’s always racking up 15-20 goals per season in LaLiga. He’s a great striker.
“He’s spent I don’t know how many years at Real Madrid and I reckon he is one of the best number nines out there.”