For the third time within the 2023-24 season, Actual Madrid did not beat noisy neighbors Atletico Madrid on Spanish soil, settling for a 1-1 draw of their La Liga Matchday 23 assembly on the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Sunday night time (February 4). The draw introduced Madrid’s six-game successful run to a screeching halt in La Liga, however it didn’t price them their place on the summit, courtesy of Girona’s goalless draw with Actual Sociedad earlier on Sunday.
Actual Madrid Dominate First Half With Brahim Diaz Working The Present
Los Merengues began brightly, forcing Atletico to defend with 10 males for the opening quarter. Jude Bellingham barged into the field simply three minutes into the sport and pulled the set off after getting the higher of a few Atletico defenders. Stefan Savic, nevertheless, was alert to the hazard and blocked his shot. The next minute, Brahim Diaz dispatched a left-footed effort towards the bottom-left nook. The Spaniard’s shot had zing, however not sufficient to beat Los Rojiblancos’ world-class goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
Diaz obtained his objective within the twentieth minute, courtesy of his guile and composure. Diaz latched on to Lucas Vazquez’s deflected move into the field, skipped previous challenges, and utilized a cool end to take the ball past Oblak. Within the twenty seventh minute, Rodrygo had a go after charging into the field from the inside-right channel. The shot was good, however the angle was too tight for the Brazilian.
Diaz, who obtained into the primary crew after Vinicius Jr. picked up a neck damage in coaching, emerged because the standout performer within the first half. His passing was sharp, he mixed flawlessly with teammates, and dashed into the field each probability he obtained. Simeone’s males had no concept the right way to comprise him.
Lack Of Physicality Value Whites Two Factors Towards Atletico Madrid
With Aurelien Tchouameni suspended and prime three center-backs David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Antonio Rudiger injured, Ancelotti needed to go for a make-shift again 4 in opposition to Atletico Madrid. He deployed Ferland Mendy on the left, Lucas Vazquez on the appropriate, and an uncommon center-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Nacho Fernandez. Though Carvajal and Nacho did properly on the bottom, they had been helpless in opposition to Atletico in aerial duels. Initially, it didn’t matter a lot, however as the sport wore on, Diego Simeone’s aspect made it some extent to disrupt the hosts with lobbed deliveries and pin-point set-pieces.
Simply a few minutes into the second half, Savic hit the again of the online from an Antoine Griezmann nook. Carvajal and Nacho had been within the neighborhood, however they’d no reply for his physicality. Fortunately for the hosts, VAR dismissed the objective for offside, as Saul was discovered obstructing Andriy Lunin’s line of sight.
All through the second half, Atletico continued to drift balls into the field, hoping for one in all them to undergo. It in the end did within the third minute of stoppage time, as former Actual Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente comfortably slid between Carvajal and Nacho to move Memphis Depay’s hopeful nod into the again of the online.
Madrid will return to motion with a top-of-the-table conflict with Girona on Saturday (February 10), and Ancelotti will hope Rudiger recovers in time to accomplice Nacho in protection.