The derby reflected at what point is the real Madrid and in which one Athletic. Ancelotti’s team is a competitive animal that nobody has beaten in this first part of the season. He arrives at the break with a total of nine victories between the European Super Cup, the six League games and the two in the Champions League. At the Metropolitano, without Benzema, he hunted in a pack. With the pause of Kroos, the precision of Modric and the swollen vein of Fede Valverde, Vinícius and Rodrygo, he ruined a mediocre Atleti. He puts a difference of eight points in the League. The match reflected the great difference between the madridistas and the rojiblancos. Real Madrid behaved like a wolf and Atleti, penalized for defensive fragility, were lambs.

Simeone unburdened himself in the press room with a statement that sounded between a lament of nostalgia for what his great work at Atleti was and a little pullita to the defensive proposal that Ancelotti raised. The reality is that he choked the game. Cholo highlighted the forcefulness that Real Madrid had. The effectiveness of scoring two goals in two arrivals in the first half and the solidity of retreating and becoming solid. He put the accent on the defense of a Real Madrid that is a block. “It reminds me of the team we had with Diego Costa and they criticized us,” he said. Ancelotti, with irony, replied that he was grateful for the praise. Simeone’s analysis of the game did not seem so tight to him. Real Madrid knew how to play with their weapons, anesthetizing the derby with the ball, causing damage in transitions and showing consistency.

Simeone with a gesture of disappointment in the derby.

In these types of games, with pressure and a hostile atmosphere, the great virtue of the Real Madrid players is that they don’t burn the ball. Ancelotti’s is to get the best out of each one and play as a team. There is a plan to control the times, handcuff the rival and have a fang. In the superficial and nostalgic analysis, with hardly any self-criticism from Simeone, he failed to delve into the lack of definition that a team with footballers of enormous quality has and why he does not hit the key. The derby is the game in which Real Madrid has suffered the least so far this season.

the best | Rodrygo makes Benzema forget

Rodrygo has made Benzema forget. These are big words. The Brazilian is the footballer who best adapts to the position of center forward. He has mobility, verticality, quality, intelligence and forcefulness. He is well above what Hazard gives him when the Belgian has had to function at the point of attack. Rodrygo unbalanced the derby with an excellent combination with Tchouaméni. He passes, unchecks and defines. Good players make difficult things easy. Rodrygo has been showing for some time that he is an excellent footballer. Tchouaméni’s pass over the defense is a ‘delicatessen’ and Rodrygo’s definition, at the first touch, a display of pure talent.

The Brazilian stirred up Real Madrid’s attack at the Metropolitano. He did it naturally, without fanfare, with determination. Rodrygo has the gift of appearing in important games. His goals, with his foot and his head, were key in Real Madrid’s comebacks last season in the Champions League. Already in the group stage, he came off the bench and scored the winning goal at the San Siro against Inter. The growth is spectacular in a practical and dribbling footballer. One of Real Madrid’s most beautiful goals this season is the one that Rodrygo scored against Mallorca at the Bernabéu.

the good | Fede Valverde is a cannon

Fede Valverde has scored three games in a row and has a bet with Ancelotti. The Uruguayan’s challenge is to score a minimum of 10 goals this season. He goes for four. What Fede Valverde is achieving transcends the goal. He is a modern footballer. Omnipresent. He does everything. He gives balance, defends, presses, steals, prints character, has verticality, assists and marks. His performance is spectacular and he has established himself as one of the best Real Madrid footballers at the start of the season.

Photo: Fede Valverde celebrates the goal scored against Leipzig.  (Reuters/Violet Santos)
Fede Valverde’s triumph at Real Madrid is not only for what he does on the pitch

Ulises Sanchez-Flor

The play of the first goal in the Metropolitan has its origin in a start from the Uruguayan. Real Madrid had been rubbing the ball for 17 minutes, moving it from behind to the sides, without giving depth to the game. Fede Valverde’s start surprised Atleti. Madrid went from passivity of touch to revolutionize the attack that ended in Rodrygo’s goal. Fede Valverde takes the responsibility of throwing himself into the team behind his back. He gives verticality to the game with his power and forcefulness. It is the versatility of Real Madrid. He is in a phase in which he chloroforms the game and the Uruguayan appears like a cannon, to burst with direct actions. He scored the second goal finishing off a rejected ball in another display of energy and footballer impossible to hold.

normal | Kroos and Modric, owners of the ball

Ancelotti defined them as the ‘Bermuda Triangle’ because they make the ball disappear. Kroos and Modric, now without Casemiro, do not lower the level. They are the veterans of a team in which the mixture of their trade and experience with the energy of the young triumphs. Of quality the German and the Croatian are left over. What remains to be verified, from now on, is if the physique is going to give them to continue competing at a high level. Apparently in the derby, Real Madrid’s first important match of the season, the starting midfielder is not affected. Tchouaméni has arrived to join the German and the Croatian, and his adaptation is outstanding.

Modric chases a ball driven by Kondogbia.

With Kroos and Modric in the game, the combinations are slower than with Camavinga or Ceballos. Football has a lot of trickery and Kroos and Modric showed their superiority in the derby. There is a vigorous football and another that is played with the head. The second is what Kroos and Modric are successfully doing.

the bad | Courtois’s song

A failure by Courtois is news. It is not usual for the goalkeeper to make a false step, rush or leave the goal unguarded. Courtois did not have a good start in the corner kick that ended with the goal, from a rebound with the shoulder, by Mario Hermoso. He went to clear his fists and Militao hindered him. The ball comes out touched by the Brazilian defender and Hermoso takes advantage. The goal was unprotected. Courtois made a bad decision and the goal gave Atleti hope. Real Madrid was not suffering in the second half. Courtois had been decisive in the first period with interventions to Griezmann and Carrasco. Under sticks he embroidered it. At the start, he lacked communication with his defense.

The worst | the racist chants

The image that transcends the derby is that of a country that is racist. The chants of a large group of Atleti fans, calling Vinícius “monkey” are pitiful and embarrassing. It has been a hot derby. Surrounded by an extra-football controversy that has to make everyone think. Rivalry cannot exceed the limits of intolerance. Common sense has to be above verbal violence. In Brazil there is talk of a racist Spain. Normal if they stay with the manipulated and absurd debates in some media and the chants outside the Metropolitan. Social networks contaminated, even more, the dunghill of those who are radicalized with football and do not have two fingers in front.

The derby reflected at what point is the real Madrid and in which one Athletic. Ancelotti’s team is a competitive animal that nobody has beaten in this first part of the season. He arrives at the break with a total of nine victories between the European Super Cup, the six League games and the two in the Champions League. At the Metropolitano, without Benzema, he hunted in a pack. With the pause of Kroos, the precision of Modric and the swollen vein of Fede Valverde, Vinícius and Rodrygo, he ruined a mediocre Atleti. He puts a difference of eight points in the League. The match reflected the great difference between the madridistas and the rojiblancos. Real Madrid behaved like a wolf and Atleti, penalized for defensive fragility, were lambs.

Source: www.elconfidencial.com

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