Real Madrid – Atlético Madrid: Derby Day Delight for Zizou’s Real (2-0)
El Derbi Madrileño pitted the league leaders against a side that has struggled for consistency in defense of their title. But a lackluster display from the visitors and a strong opening phase from the hosts lay the groundwork for a result that showed the old guard would not lay down their crown without a fight.
Tactical analysis by Emmanuel Adeyemi-Abere.
Real Madrid have looked shaky in recent weeks. No wins in their last three league games have seen the hosts slip into fourth while they flirted with Champions League elimination. But with the pressure on, Zinedine Zidane’s team delivered a dominant display against Borussia Mönchengladbach. They now hoped to repeat the feat in another big tie, where they could close the gap to their city rivals.
Atlético Madrid have flown out of the traps at the start of the season. Still undefeated, the guests came into this game on a seven-game winning streak in LaLiga. A point clear at the summit with two games in hand on Real Sociedad, the three points would mark a statement victory in their bid to top the table.
Zidane lined up the home team in a 4-3-3 formation. After their impressive performance in midweek, there was only one change to the starting eleven. Lucas Vázquez moved up the flank to start the match as the right winger in place of Rodrygo, while Dani Carvajal came back to the side at right back.
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