Derby Stalemate Leaves Real 10 Points Behind Barcelona

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid slipped 10 factors behind Barcelona on the high of La Liga as a Madrid derby quick on possibilities completed Zero-Zero at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday. Earlier, Barca additionally weren’t at their greatest however Luis Suarez’s double ended a five-game objective drought for the Uruguayan and Paulinho’s late strike helped see off a decided Leganes Three-Zero. Both Madrid sides suffered a well-known lack of leading edge in entrance of objective this season, nevertheless it was Atletico who handed up one of the best probability when Angel Correa fired large after simply three minutes.

“We lacked a goal, but apart from that I feel for the players because they deserved more,” stated Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.

“10 points is a lot but that will change for sure because Barca will not always win and we will be in the running.”

After a vibrant begin from Atletico, Real’s first probability got here on the counter-attack however Juanfran outpaced Cristiano Ronaldo when the Portuguese was put clear by means of by Luka Modric a lot to the house crowd’s delight.

“In the first 25 minutes you saw the team we are against the best team in the world, who had the need to win after Barca’s win,” stated Atletico boss Diego Simeone.

“We are finding it hard to score goals. If we score with Correa it would have changed the game completely.”

The guests slowly began to take management of possession as the primary interval wore on, however lacked a artistic spark.

Jan Oblak turned Toni Kroos’s effort behind on the close to publish after a neat one-two with Ronaldo, earlier than Sergio Ramos was left bloodied and ultimately changed at half-time with a damaged nostril as he was caught by Lucas Hernandez as he stooped to move into the side-netting.

Ronaldo’s profligacy has been blamed for Real’s droop in kind this season and the Portuguese was as soon as once more wayward along with his facet’s greatest probability as his tame effort from Modric’s cross dribbled large.

Antoine Griezmann was jeered off after one other underwhelming show 15 minutes from time.

“As long as someone is in my family, I am with them to the death,” added an irritated Simeone on the Frenchman’s remedy.

However, his substitute Kevin Gameiro practically grabbed the winner when his lobbed effort was cleared off the road by Raphael Varane.

And on the different finish, Ronaldo took simply too lengthy to wind up his effort as Hernandez galloped again into place to make a courageous block in a frantic finale and guarantee Atletico a share of the spoils.

Barca flattered

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde admitted a Three-Zero win flattered his facet throughout Madrid at Butarque as goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen once more shone.

“The important thing was to win,” Suarez advised BeIN Sports Spain.

“We always try to play our best in every game but sometimes it is not possible.”

Leganes’ good work within the opening half hour was undone by a goalkeeping error when Ivan Cuellar limply palmed Paco Alcacer’s pushed cross into the trail of the grateful Suarez to smash residence his first objective for a month.

“I wasn’t anxious. The important thing was to feel good again and help the team,” added Suarez.

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