Atletico Madrid 0-0 Real Madrid Recap & Analysis?

Sun 29 September 2019 | 9:48

The Madrid derby on Saturday night ended in an uneventful goalless draw with Real Madrid keeping top spot in La Liga.

Zidane stays top of the league a week and a half after their slip-up in Paris when his team were beaten 3-0 by PSG and he looked more out than in his job.

He couldn't get the better of Diego Simone's Atletico Madrid on Saturday night but a point was enough to leave his side as leaders.

For a game that is so often a pitched battle, peace broke out in the end with Kieran Trippier and Gareth Bale shaking on a fair result. They were among the better players on their respective sides. For Eden Hazard, the derby had come too soon and he cut a forlorn figure when he was taken off in the second period.

Karim Benzema came closest to scoring at the Wanda Metropolitano but Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak made a fine save to keep out the French forward's header.

"I think with the game we played we deserved a lot more," Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane told reporters. "In the end, a point is a point. We had chances, the header from Benzema especially.

"I can't criticize my players over anything, I'm annoyed for them above all, but I'm happy with the game they played. They too are a bit disappointed not to take all the points."

Atletico, without Alvaro Morata after the Spain striker was sent off against Mallorca in a 2-0 win also on Wednesday, had the better of a hard-fought first half.

Joao Felix flashed an effort across goal early on as he broke clear on the right, while the Portuguese sensation also came close with a fierce drive from outside the box later in the half.

Atletico's club record signing Felix sneaked in behind Madrid's defense but dragged an effort across the face of goal, whistling another shot just wide towards the end of the first half.

At the other end, Oblak made one solid save to tip Toni Kroos's low drive around the post.

The result was probably fair in the end as neither side did enough to win. Both teams were more afraid of losing than hungry to win.

After a shaky start to the season and a 3-0 thrashing by Paris St. Germain in the Champions League, Real coach Zinedine Zidane has steadied the ship with wins over Sevilla, Osasuna, and now this draw with a direct title rival.

Madrid stay top with 15 points from their seven games, with Atleti one further back in third.


source: SportMob