EL DERBI MADRILENO ENDS GOALLESS
Atlético defended well against the deadly attack of Real Madrid
REAL MADRID 0-0 ATLÉTICO MADRID
Diego Godín (7.40)
López; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Coentrao; Kroos, Gündogan; Bale, Modric, Ronaldo; Benzema
Pepe (Carvajal), di María (Gündogan), Morata (Benzema)
Oblak; Juanfran, Godin, Miranda, Siqueira; Saúl, Florenzi; Vadillo, Stanciu, Rodríguez; Mandzukic
Gabi (Florenzi), Guilavogui (Stanciu)
The Super Cup final might not be that important, but El Derbi Madrileno is always up there with the best nomatter what competition it’s played in. Real Madrid has for many decades been the best team in Madrid, but under the control of Diego Simeone Atlético has started to challenge the Blanocs more. Last season they managed to win the La Liga with Real Madrid finishing third, something many Blancos fans wasn’t very happy about. Real Madrid got their revenger just days later though as they beat the Rojiblancos in the Champions League final.
This was Antonio Conte’s first Madrileno derby, and it ended with a very pleasing result for him and his team. The first leg of the Super Cup final ended goalless with Real Madrid pressing, but never getting the goal they wanted. It was a game of high amounts of tension, but the extreme attack of Real Madrid could never get past Atléti’s defence and stopper, Jan Oblak. The game started with Madrid pressing high up the field, and it started on an aggressive tone where two yelloe cards were handed in the first three minutes of the game. This soon cooled down, but there was more to come.
The first half wasn’t all that entertaining as most of the play took place in the midfield with neither of the teams close in getting a goal. The second half was all Real Madrid’s as they continued their high press. They were close as they got two shots in the bar, but that was as close as they got. Atlético’s defence stood by and the disiplined defence of Conte’s men silenced every star player of Real Madrid. Ronaldo had a very bad game as he couldn’t get past Atléti left-back Siqueira and was eventually subbed off for Ángel Di María.
But the referee had a tough game to handle, and it got worse when Atlético subtitute Gabi got a straight red card for a horror tackle on the world’s most expensive footballer, Gareth Bale. The Spainard deserved the red card, and made the rest of the game tougher for Atlético, but they held on and got a result they can be proud of.
This is only the first leg of the final, and anything can happen in the next leg. One thing is for certain though, Atlético can be proud of getting a 0-0 result at the Bernabeu, and they have now increased their chances of winning the Super Cup.