Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is relishing the challenge of city rivals Atletico Madrid ahead of the Madrid derby set for Saturday 27 February at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The match comes at a time Real Madrid are a massive nine points behind league leaders Barcelona and Ronaldo is not giving up on the title chase just yet, with probable a win over Atletico sure to shake up matters in the top three.
Speaking to Goal.com ahead of the match, Ronaldo opined that Real Madrid cannot just throw in the towel with a win on Saturday an assurance of leapfrogging Atletico to second place.
He is looking forward to a great game on Saturday and admits he will be hoping for a nice surprise for his team.
“Football is full of surprises and anything can happen. You have to fight until the end. I hope that it will be a great game on Saturday and that Real Madrid can win,” he said.
Madrid have struggled against Atletico Madrid in recent times and Ronaldo can only hope for better times. They have not defeated Atletico in any of their last five league games, their longest run without a win against them in history.