Atlético Madrid – Real Madrid: Another Madrid Derby Conditioned By Conservative Tactical Decisions (0-0)

In yet another risk-averse Madrid derby, Real and Atlético came to a goalless draw that showcased both teams’ offensive problems. In the first half, Real failed to break down Atlético deep defensive block, in no small part due to their return to a more conservative midfield structure. In the second half, the substitutions of both teams did not significantly alter their game plans and tactics, and ultimately, had no impact on the result.
Tactical analysis and match report by José Pérez

The last two years of Madrid derbies in LaLiga have not been particularly enthralling games for fans. Generally, both teams end up avoiding risks and do surprisingly little damage to each other. This is why five out of their last six league matchups have ended in a 0-0 or 1-1 draw. Unfortunately, this weekend’s game was no exception.

This week everyone has been talking about Real Madrid’s defensive improvements, with the team not conceding a single shot on target in the last four hours of LaLiga games. However, we must emphasize that these improvements have been mostly a result of players improving their defensive focus, intensity and workrate. Real Madrid still struggle to defend as a compact defensive unit.

And talking about compact defensive units, Simeone and Atlético seem to have integrated new signings Ren . . .

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Jose Perez (27) writes and talks about anything football-related: players, tactics, analytics, the relationship between football and society. Whenever he is not working on high-power lasers, he tries to keep up with all big five European leagues, but focuses particularly on La Liga. Outside of Between the Posts, you can find him arguing with people and posting analyses on Twitter or answering questions on Quora. [ View all posts ]

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