MADRID, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- Saturday sees the first Madrid derby between Atletico and Real Madrid since the Champions League final in which Real Madrid beat their neighbors on penalty on a dramatic night in Milan.
That night on May 28th was the second time that Real Madrid have beaten Atletico in the Champions League final in three years and on both occasions defeat came in the most painful manner imaginable for Atletico. According to Atletico midfielder Koke those defeats are something he will never forget.
If last season saw them lose a penalty shootout after being the better side over the 120 minutes of the game, 2014 saw Real Madrid snatch an equalizing goal in the third minute of injury time, before going on to beat an exhausted Atletico 4-1 in extra time.
Atletico have not lost to their neighbors in a Spanish league game for the past three years and Saturday's game promises to have more emotion that ever given that it is the last derby to be played in the Vicente Calderon Stadium.
Atletico need a win to keep in touch with Real Madrid at the top of the table, but for Koke victory would still not take away the pain of Milan.
"That is something you never get over. It is going to stay with me all of my life," he said in an interview on Spanish radio station, Cadena Ser.
"I don' t think that even if we won the Champions League, I would forget it, because it will always be there," he continued, adding that the players wanted to "offer the fans a win in the last league derby in the Calderon."
"It's a game in which anything could happen. Both of the sides know each other well and it is the small details which will decide it, however Real Madrid have an advantage in that a draw means they maintain their advantage over us," continued the midfielder.
Real have a six point lead in the Liga Santander over Atletico and a win for Zinedine Zidane' s side would see them go nine points clear.
"It would be complicated for us to win the league if they beat us, but we have high hopes of winning the derby and I think we will," concluded Koke.