Atletico keeper De Gea already looking ahead to next weekend's Madrid derby

09:33, March 15, 2011      

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There may still be six days to wait, but Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David de Gea is already looking forward to next Saturday' s derby against Real Madrid.

Atletico will go into the game eighth in the BBVA Primera Liga table, one place below a spot that would qualify them for a place in next season' s Europa League and needing the points.

However, they have already been beaten three times by their neighbours this season, losing in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in the league and being beaten both home and away in the Copa del Rey. Atletico have failed to beat Real Madrid since 1999, but De Gea is not worried about facing Real Madrid again.

"We are not scored of Jose Mourinho' s Real Madrid, we are Atletico," he said in an interview in Monday' s Diario AS.

"It is obvious that beating Madrid would be a huge boost for the players. We want to win all of the possible points between now and the end of the season and winning next Saturday would give us a huge confidence boost for the run in to the end of the campaign."

"It is not normal to be so many years without beating them," said De Gea.

Atletico will be able to call on the services of form players Kun Aguero and Jose Antonio Reyes next Saturday. Both kicked off Saturday' s game in Almeria one booking away from suspension, but neither player was booked and so they are available.

"That is important, they are both important players for us. I have a good feeling for next Saturday. It would be the best possible reward for our fans if we could beat Real Madrid in our home ground."

"We have a lot of quality in all of our players," assured De Gea.

Source: Xinhua

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