Real Madrid were at the top of the table with five consecutive wins in La Liga. But the defeat in Madrid Derby against Atletico Madrid moved the table topper to the 3rd place in the point table.
Last night, Atletico Madrid welcomed Real Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, where the home side secured a 3-1 victory over the visitors. Alvaro Morata, the former Real Madrid man, scored two goals for Atletico Madrid to seal the victory.
Ancelotti is now experimenting with different formations in Real Madrid due to several injury cases in the team. Last night, the manager set up the team formation with 4-1-2-1-2, where Rodrygo and Jude Bellingham played in front.
On the other hand, Diego Simeone deployed a very defensive lineup against the Los Blancos. Simeone is famous for his defensive setup, and he continued doing this in the Madrid Derby. Last night, Diego Simeone set up his team formation with 5-3-2, using five men in the back.
Although Simeone deployed a defensive lineup, his team was very dynamic on the pitch. The game started with Atletico Madrid taking the lead very early. Ex-Real Madrid player Alvaro Morata drew the first blood as he scored a stunning goal in the 4th minute with a brilliant header.
After that, Real Madrid tried to overcome, keeping more possession. But Los Blancos defensively didn’t do well. Rudiger and Alaba were very poor in the air. As a result, Real Madrid conceded again from a header. This time, Antoine Griezmann doubled the lead with a powerful header in the 18th minute.
However, Toni Kroos gave a lifeline to the home team by scoring a stunning goal. His shot outside from the box beat Jan Oblak in the 35th minute. Real Madrid could have leveled the scoreline, but Camavinga’s goal in the 44th minute was ruled out due to offside. Therefore, the first half ended in 2-1.
Coming back from the break, Atletico Madrid didn’t take time to score again. Alvaro Morata, who scored the first goal, also found the net in the 2nd half. This goal also came from a header as Morata netted the ball with a wise header in the 46th minute.
After that, Real Madrid became very desperate and fought hard. But Atletico Madrid’s defense was rock solid and didn’t concede a single goal in the 2nd half. As a result, Atletico Madrid secured a much-needed 3-1 victory over the Los Blancos.
Carlo Ancelotti on Losing
It is no secret that Real Madrid’s defense was very poor against Atletico Madrid, and Carlo Ancelotti didn’t deny it. “We didn’t start well. We didn’t defend well, we were soft in our own area and we weren’t clinical,” Ancelotti said following the defeat.
The Madrid boss also didn’t hesitate to agree that Atletico were the better side in this match. He said, “After they went 2-0 up, they played the game they wanted to play, defending very well and looking for quick transitions. They were better than us.”