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Koke On Madrid Derby, Ronaldo’s Absence

Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has spoken of his excitement ahead of the Madrid derby on Saturday, and also commented on what the match will be like without superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Diego Simeone’s Atletico face a tough match at the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend, but long-serving midfielder Koke, who took part in a conference call with several journalists including Soccer Laduma's Rossella Marrai-Ricco, is looking forward to the big clash.

"Basically, this is a historical derby and it’s a rivalry between two teams in Madrid – Real Madrid and Atletico," he said.

"There are two teams here and they are very big here in Madrid, and for us, it’s a very special match.

"This encourages us as players to want to go into the game and win."

Asked about Ronaldo’s absence, Koke believes their rivals are still capable of posing a threat.

"Obviously Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world but he’s not going to be there," he added.  

"Real Madrid is still a great team and I am sure they will stay play well. I think it will be a very good match."

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Who do you think will win the derby this weekend? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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