With the chants of “Vinicius you are a monkey, you are a monkey” and “Vinicius die” in the background and a preview focused on racist comments, the Brazilian winger landed at the Metropolitano as the great figure to watch. Vinícius Júnior gave off calm, although the procession goes inside and maintaining composure on days like this at 22 years old is not easy at all… it would be seen once the ball started to roll with several clashes. However, the development of the derby can be explained through his remarkable performance on a day in which the tension intoxicated the atmosphere from the beginning and in which he had the occasional pool left over. The real Madridsuperior in tactical and physical terms, made Atlético de Madrid dance until he showed them what competitive level the white team is in and why the rojiblanco team doesn’t reach that level right now… and it’s still a long way off.

Carlo Ancelotti’s team displayed a lethal force. Something that Atlético de Madrid had in the past and whose hallmark has been erased over time. Sports planning has been negligent and the defensive quality of Atlético, with Axel Witsel, a midfielder as the best central defender, already makes it clear that the board failed in a big way this past summer. More knowing that Stefan Savic and José María Giménez are made of glass. The derby statistics indicate that Diego Pablo Simeone’s team shot more times on goal (12 shots, of which five between the three sticks) than Real Madrid (six shots, three between the three sticks), but the firepower of the whites was well above the red and white.

Photo: Fede Valverde celebrates the second goal against Atleti.  (Reuters/Susana Vera)
Real Madrid anesthetizes the derby with the ball and the blows of Rodrygo and Valverde (1-2)

Ulises Sanchez-Flor

With two bullets up like Vinícius Júnior and Rodrygo Goes plus the power of Federico Valverde in offensive transitionsMadrid posed a deadly match against Atlético… and they didn’t even have to play 100% except for the first 10 minutes and the last 10. Vinícius Júnior’s first intervention was a heel strike looking at the line that enraged a sector of the Metropolitan. The Brazilian thus replied to all those who had insulted him with a gesture of “I’m left over in this match and I feel comfortable”. something like that did Madrid, because walking and running little (and well) made Atlético suffer a lot.

explained it Jan Oblak nothing more to finish the meeting in the microphones of Movistar +: “It is difficult to go forward for 90 minutes because they have fast players, they play well on the counterattack and if you open up too much they can score more goals.. Madrid defends very well lately. For three seasons they have been very good defensively, they close the pitch well and they have fast players up front… who play well on the counterattack and have good midfielders who make good passes.” Or put another way, Simeone’s decision to put pressure on Real Madrid up front was brave, but incompatible with being able to defend Vinícius Júnior and Rodrygo in the open Goes.

lethal to space

With the threat of the two Brazilian arrows above, Real Madrid only had to rely on the security square made up of Aurélien Tchouaméni, Éder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois and gallop out in a few touches. With the excellent management of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos in midfield and their extensive catalog of passes, Carlo Ancelotti’s first indication was clear: run into space. “The theme was to start well from behind, look for the ball between the lines and play vertically, which we did in the first two goals“, the Italian coach would reveal after the match.

That’s how it was in the first goal, where Fede Valverde took advantage of the spaces to trace a devilish stride and leave the defensive system square. Rodrygo stalked Felipe’s back into space inside the area and Tchouaméni placed the ball where he called for the play. After the goal and the dance, Vinícius had a gesture of rage that was also captured by the cameras and that caused the whistles to rise at that moment. Before, in the crowd of Real Madrid footballers, some objects had fallen that the referee Munuera Montero picked up from the pitch and took to the field delegate.

But it also happened at 0-2. This time, the combination of Luka Modric with Vinícius Júnior, whose speed was impossible to stop for the local defense, made Real Madrid stand on the front in record time. It is true that his shot hit the woodwork, but again Valverde punished Atlético de Madrid’s defensive fragility. Simeone admitted it in the post-match interview with Movistar+: “They leave the plays in a few spaces, they leave you the spaces to attack you with a counterattack, which they do very well. Madrid is a team that defends very well, runs little, closes well, takes away the spaces and attacks you on the counterattack”.

The physical and technical superiority of Real Madrid was too much for Atlético de Madrid. The image of the mattress defense chasing shadows, gathering up to five defenders to stop Vinícius Júnior and Rodrygo Goes, it is pure impotence. Plain and simple, an Atlético dilapidated and without sufficient defensive quality cannot stop two of the best attackers in the world at the moment. If on top of that you give facilities because you are not able to adjust the distance between lines and most of your defenders are inferior to the attackers in melee… you lose a derby at home with the feeling that you have been danced without your eternal rival having been used to the fullest. And if not, ask Vinícius Júnior.

With the chants of “Vinicius you are a monkey, you are a monkey” and “Vinicius die” in the background and a preview focused on racist comments, the Brazilian winger landed at the Metropolitano as the great figure to watch. Vinícius Júnior gave off calm, although the procession goes inside and maintaining composure on days like this at 22 years old is not easy at all… it would be seen once the ball started to roll with several clashes. However, the development of the derby can be explained through his remarkable performance on a day in which the tension intoxicated the atmosphere from the beginning and in which he had the occasional pool left over. The real Madridsuperior in tactical and physical terms, made Atlético de Madrid dance until he showed them what competitive level the white team is in and why the rojiblanco team doesn’t reach that level right now… and it’s still a long way off.

Source: www.elconfidencial.com

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