The Spanish Football Federation has given Real and Atlético Madrid a weekend off. The Madrid clubs should have played in La Liga next Sunday against Athletic Club and Granada respectively. At the request of both clubs, those matches have been moved.
Both Real and Atlético have to play in the Champions League next Tuesday. The team of Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois then plays in Ukraine against Shakhtar Donetsk, the fellow townsman with Yannick Carrasco receives Liverpool. La Liga is looking for new dates for the postponed league matches. The two teams from Madrid have 17 points after eight matches and share the lead with Real Sociedad.
Due to the extended international match period in South America, the European clubs will receive their internationals from Argentina and Brazil, among others, later than usual. Thursday evening are the last World Cup qualifiers of this period in South America.