Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid locked horns at the Wanda Metropolitano in a massive La Liga showdown on Saturday night
Although the 165th La Liga Madrid derby ended in a goalless draw, there is a genuine sense that Los Blancos did more to waltz away with all three points.
Zinedine Zidane’s men restricted the crosstown rivals to only one shot on target, dominating possession and dictating the pace of the match for its major part.
Sergio Ramos: “We knew it was one of the most difficult stadiums to play in any season, the goal was to win the three points and we tried to create opportunities, Atletico also played well and reduced space. Working and defending well is what we’re working on.” pic.twitter.com/wzOWiasNlI— SB (@Realmadridplace) September 28, 2019
It was a game of very few clear-cut opportunities, but the visitors looked more dangerous in the final third, wasting two big chances to come out on top.
Gareth Bale’s wayward finishing in the 57th minute saw a golden opportunity goes begging, after which Jan Oblak pulled off a stunning save to deny Karim Benzema’s bullet header in the 75th.
Los Merengues skipper Sergio Ramos is convinced his side deserved to walk away victorious for the way they controlled the game both defensively and offensively.
Reflecting on the derby, the 33-year-old said: “It was a very physical match. We knew this was one of the most difficult stadiums to play at all season.
“The goal was to get all three points, but that wasn’t possible. But we didn’t concede a goal, and we tried to create chances. Atletico Madrid is a team that closes its lines well, which means it is hard to create space and chances.
“We had a great chance with Karim’s effort, and it was a fantastic save by Oblak. The point doesn’t seem like enough because in the end, we were the ones trying to do more to get all three.
“‘It wasn’t to be but we need to continue on this way. We are still unbeaten, and we need to keep working.”
In the end, the 13-time European champions managed to remain at the top of the league table as the only side in the Spanish top-flight that is yet to lose this term (W4, D3).
Meanwhile, a home victory over fierce rivals continues to elude Atletico Madrid, who have now failed to beat Real at home in five straight La Liga meetings (D3, L2).