Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says table-topping Atletico Madrid should “definitely” be considered as favourites to win La Liga this season.
The city rivals meet in the league on Saturday (20:00 GMT), with Diego Simeone’s side unbeaten after 10 games and six points clear of champions Real.
Both sides progressed to the last 16 of the Champions League in midweek.
“We won the league last year and we want to defend our crown and we will do that until the end,” said Zidane.
“We want to win every game and especially this one as it’s a big game.”
But asked if Atletico should be classed as the team to beat, Zidane replied: “Yes, definitely, they should. That is what they are showing on the pitch.
“They are top of the table and they’ve always been a competitive outfit in that sense. We know them well.”