Former Real Madrid legend Fernando Hierro believes his former club will remain in the race for the LaLiga title until the very end of the season.
Los Blancos travel across the Spanish capital to take on
, who are the current leaders in LaLiga and have established a five-point lead at the top with a game in hand.
Atletico have won only two of their last six games in all competitions and they had an unexpected dip in form which has allowedReal Madrid
back into the race in recent weeks.
Asked whether his old side can still win the league, Hierro toldGoal
“Honestly, yes. I do. I have lived the experience myself. I remember losing a big game and then narrowly winning the title on the 38th matchday.
“The [points] difference isn't as big as it seems, although a result can swing the balance in favor of one side. The football calendar is tough on both teams and it all depends on if the squads can stay fit as the season evolves.
“It is an important game, especially because Real Madrid could shorten the distance quite a lot with a victory. It is very level and it will be a good game.
“Knowing Madrid as I do, I would never count them out until the end of the season. It is interesting because all the big teams have to play each other still, with Barcelona, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid all involved in the race.”