In the top televised soccer games from Europe this week Madrid’s two teams meet in a battle to stay in contention for the Spanish crown while Chelsea visits Manchester needing a win over City to stay in front of City’s intercity rival, Manchester United. And in Italy, a hot Cristiano Ronaldo takes unbeaten Juventus on the road.
La Liga: With Barcelona holding a comfortable six-point lead atop the standings, Saturday’s Madrid Derby could mark the last gasp for either Atletico or Real Madrid to remain in the race (BeIN Sports, 7 a.m. PST). Atletico comes home following its second loss of the league season, a 1-0 defeat at Real Betis, while Real Madrid has won four in a row in league play for the first time this season. The teams played to a scoreless draw in September, the fourth straight draw in La Liga play for the crosstown rivals. Karim Benzema, with three goals in the last two games for Real, has 10 on the season, matching Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann for fourth in the league.
Serie A: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus is the only remaining unbeaten team in Europe’s top five leagues, a distinction it should have little trouble retaining Sunday when it hits the road to meet mid-table Sassuolo (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, 9 a.m. PST). Ronaldo has six goals in his last five games, giving him a league-high 17 for the season. Juventus played Parma to a 3-3 draw last week — the team’s third tie of the season — despite a brace from Ronaldo.