Real Madrid – Atlético Madrid: Real Miss Isco And Marcelo In A Cagey Madrileño Derbi (0-0)
Real Madrid started this game having not won a single Madrid derby at home in LaLiga since 2012. A trend that lived on after the ninety minutes came and went. Thus, despite some good adjustments from Real manager Julen Lopetegui in the second half, Atlético Madrid’s rock-solid defense fended off Dani Ceballos and co. and held the scoreline at 0-0.
Lopetegui was forced to make changes to the side that lost 3-0 to Sevilla on Wednesday. Nacho, who was replaced by Dani Carvajal at right back, shifted over to the other side of defense to cover for the injured Marcelo. Additionally, a sudden contraction of appendicitis ruled out Isco for the game, leaving Lopetegui with a thin bench. Other than that, Madrid’s usual front three of Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, and midfield of Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modrić all got their expected starts.
Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone, having rotated against Huesca and unhampered by injuries to everyone except center-back Stefan Savić, was free to field arguably his strongest eleven versus his most hated enemy. The familiar duo of Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa started up top ahead of a Koke-Rodri-Saúl Ñiguez-Thomas Lemar midfield, with Saúl and Rodri returning to the lineup. The experienced Juanfran was the only other change from midweek, as he slotted in ahead of Carlos Isaac Muñoz at right-back.
Real Madrid’s attack vs. Atlético Madrid’s defense
Real Madrid lack aggression and penetration in the first half
FC Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Athletic Club earlier in the day provided Real Madrid with another chance to get a lead over their rivals . . .