The Madrid derby has become one of the best fixtures in Europe over the last few years, with Atletico Madrid now able to compete with Real Madrid on a regular basis.
In the last six years, for instance, they have met twice in the Champions Leaguefinal, once in the semi-finals and once in the quarter-finals. The increase in competitiveness in the Madrid derby can be linked to the appointment of Diego Simeone as Los Rojiblancos' head coach in 2011 as he has taken the club to heights that did not seem possible prior to his arrival.
Today, the famous rivalry that first began on February 27, 1905, will take place close to New York, at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. It seats 82,550 people and will host the first Madrid derby on American soil, and despite this being a friendly, neither Real Madrid nor Atletico will be treating it as such. A win is imperative.
For Los Blancos, the injury to Marco Asensio has put a dampener on their mood ahead of this clash. Madrid's pre-season, which was supposed to be focusing on Gareth Bale and his potential departure, has taken a dramatic turn with the 23-year-old's left knee injury. It is expected that Zinedine Zidane's players will pay homage to Asensio before the game, but his long-term absence means that a place in the squad is now available.
In principle, Vinicius Junior is the one who is most likely to benefit. The young Brazilian could play on the right with Eden Hazard on the left, though if Zidanetries to pair Karim Benzema and Luka Jovic together in attack, perhaps he will look to reinforce the midfield rather than play two forward-thinking wingers.
Atletico, meanwhile, come into the derby with their legs noticing the workload. They could not settle into their hotel until almost midnight on Wednesday after flying from Dallas to New Jersey, yet that did not stop Simeone's men from training yesterday in the morning and afternoon.
The Argentine coach wants to test out his new attacking trident of Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata and Joao Felix against Madrid, as well as many of his other signings. There have been eight new additions, of which six seem set to be regular starters next season.
In terms of transfer activity, Madrid only have one signing that seems set to start from day one: Eden Hazard. The other four - Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militaoand Rodrygo Goes - have work to do in order to displace the current starters.
For the first time ever, New York will be able to experience the build-up to the Madrid derby in a meeting that has several storylines to follow. The best derby in the world has come to the world's capital.