Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid - Football Match Report

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"That's all it is, simply management", he added.

Real's Thibaut Courtois made two exceptional saves in the first half to thwart Atletico strikers Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa, while his opposite number, Jan Oblak, rescued the visitors with two cold-blooded stops after the interval to deny Marco Asensio and Dani Carvajal.

Sevilla have benefited the most from the stumbling form of the usual suspects and are now third after winning three games on the bounce, including thrashing Real 3-0 last Wednesday.

Brazilian winger Vinicius came off the bench to make history in Madrid's goalless La Liga draw with Atletico at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Real Madrid's Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale during the warm up before the match.

It was Julen Lopetegui's first derby as Real coach, although he was the fifth Real manager Diego Simeone had stood opposite. They're experts at keeping clean sheets thanks to the experience, leadership and defensive nous they have across the team.

Juan Martínez Munuera wil ref the Madrid derby on Saturday night and he becomes the first referee to have VAR at his disposal in such a game. "We were better in the first half but in the end it was a fair result".

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The film concluded with Griezmann announcing his decision to stay in Madrid, having had Barca, Atletico and the fans of both hanging on his every word.

"We deserved the win but unfortunately we didn't manage to convert our chances".

"We have not won because we didn't score but overall we have been very superior", Lopetegui said.

Griezmann's contract extension with Atletico saw him overtake Ronaldo as the second-highest paid player in LaLiga, with the Frenchman now reported to be on €385,000 per week, approximately €160,000 more than his previous deal.

"I have to think about what might happen and I thought Leo and Busquets had to rest". "Physically, he is strong and against Madrid, I expect him to have a great game".

"We know what the atmosphere will be like, we have to be prepared for a Champions League match of the highest demand".

What is clear is that neither Barcelona nor Real Madrid were as formidable as their early form suggested, while Atleti were perhaps undersold by their lumbering out of the blocks.

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