In this Derbi, Real Madrid-Atletico Madrid (2-0), so eagerly awaited both for its prestige and for its probable teachings in the race for the title, Atlético de Madrid was completely overtaken by an infinitely superior Real Madrid (2-0). The race for the title is more than ever relaunched.
A world reference: Dani Carvajal
The importance of Dani Carvajal for the Casa Blanca is no longer to be demonstrated and the weeks of absence that preceded this derbi prove it, even if Lucas Vázquez has managed the interim well. The Spaniard, who was away from the pitch for several weeks, is still a world reference in the right-back position. Always just defensively, he never suffered against Carrasco, becoming the executioner of the Belgian who came out at the break. His duo with Lucas Vázquez drove the Colchoneros crazy. He finished his match by putting a big shot into Atleti’s net with the help of Oblak for the 2-0 win. A full match.
A boss: Lucas Vázquez
Zinedine Zidane’s handyman never ceases to amaze his world. Lucas Vázquez is always present when he is called upon, and he has been a constant presence in the rojiblanca defence. Constantly on the move and in the tempo of a match he has been through as a boss, the Spaniard is a particularly valuable asset for his coach and team-mates.
The bad surprise: Diego Simeone
It is difficult to find extenuating circumstances for the Rojiblancos’ coach on this non-match of his own. Diego Simeone had been alerted this week by RB Salzburg to the difficulties his team might encounter using this system and approach. As expected, Zinedine Zidane was largely inspired by the Austrians’ match and the Atleti coach seemed to wade in the face of the Blancos’ consistency. Worse, El Cholo subsequently made some rather incomprehensible changes, leaving his team trailing by two goals with few attacking shots after the exits of Luis Suárez and especially João Felix when the score was still 1-0.
The Deception: Hector Herrera
Hector Herrera had the opportunity to take a place left free by a Saúl Ñíguez in difficulty and the least we can say is that the Mexican didn’t take his chance, quite the contrary. Absent from the marking on Casemiro, he allowed the Brazilian to open the score for Real Madrid at the beginning of the match. Lost in midfield, he brought absolutely nothing offensively or defensively and it’s not the first time. In fact, Diego Simeone “repaired” his mistake at half-time by simply taking him off the pitch.