With its forwards still yet to produce as expected, Real Madrid will be counting on its midfielders and defenders to keep coming through in attack. The team opened with a 0-0 draw at Real Sociedad and salvaged a victory at Real Betis last weekend after a late penalty kick converted by defender Sergio Ramos. Midfielder Federico Valverde also scored in the 3-2 comeback win, with the other coming from an own-goal.
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone on Tuesday dismissed suggestions that he would not play Diego Costa and Luis Suarez together.
The transfer window will slam shut around Europe next Monday, October 5, after clubs were given an extended period to do deals as a result of the long coronavirus shutdown.