Griezmann leaves it late to dent Real Madrid's title tilt

"But as far as Real Madrid are concerned, the numbers are extraordinary. James is important for us - just like the rest are and he is going to continue being important for me, for the team and for everyone".

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was again asked about his future after their 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record for goals in the Madrid derby with 18 following his hat trick in November to earn a 3-0 victory for Real Madrid at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Diego Simeone: "Since 2017 began, we have been playing much better, a much more balanced team, more consistent in our play".

The last time that these two clubs play, Real Madrid ran wild over their rivals. "I am sure that if we win it will give us even more confidence and help us for what lies ahead".

"You can't constantly live with what you have won in the past".

The Frenchman has only been beaten twice since that initial derby disappointment - by Sevilla and Valencia this January and February - and his 78 per cent win ratio stacks up well alongside his recent predecessors.

The first 15 minutes were cagey, with both sides looking to feel each other out, with Atleti confident, having kept a clean sheet in the last three matches at the Bernabeu, in all competitions. However, he could certainly use the aid of Karim Benzema up top, Gareth Bale out wide and the likes of Isco and Luka Modric in the midfield.

By contrast, Simeone is expected to name an unchanged side from the one that beat Real Sociedad 1-0 on Tuesday with Fernando Torres partnering Griezmann up front due to Kevin Gameiro's continued absence through injury.

Los Blancos will welcome Atletico to the Bernabeu boasting a two-point lead over Barcelona at the top of the table and with a game in hand over their fierce rivals as they look for their first league title since 2012.

The Catalan side, who travel to Juventus for the Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday morning (Singapore time), will be without the suspended Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic.

Tillerson says no reason for Russia to retaliate
US Could Deploy Nuclear Weapons in South Korea