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    Real Madrid – La Liga: Marcos Llorente and the challenge of defeating Real Madrid

    On Sunday, Marcos Llorente will be looking to finally get the better of former club Real Madrid.

    His Atletico Madrid side are five points ahead of their local rivals with a game in hand, but to extend their lead this weekend then Llorente will have to beat Los Blancos for the first time.

    The Real Madrid academy graduate was unable to face his parent club while on loan with Alaves and, in four attempts with the Colchoneros, his best result was a 0-0 last season at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.

    Two away losses in LaLiga Santander and a Supercopa de Espana loss on penalties make up the other encounters against his former team.

    Others have struggled too

    In fact, beating Real Madrid hasn’t been an easy task for many of their former players. Just ask Achraf Hakimi, whose Inter side have been beaten twice by Real Madrid this season.

    Some have shown a glimmer of hope in recent times, such as Takefusa Kubo as he has one win in four matches against his parent club from his various loan spells.

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    Keylor Navas is another, as he got the better of Los Blancos in his first Champions League match for PSG.

    Alvaro Morata also came back to haunt Real Madrid in Europe with his goal for Juventus in 2014/15 sealing a place in the final for the Italians.

    Llorente’s excellent form

    There’s no doubting that Llorente has what it takes to help Atleti achieve a three-point haul, as he has been crucial in so many of their victories over the past 12 months.

    The 26-year-old has been one of the top performers in LaLiga Santander this season and is a key and versatile piece in Diego Simeone‘s system.

    If Llorente can get one over his former team, it could go a long way to deciding the destination of the title this season.

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