Real maintained the top of the table after drawing Atletico 0-0 in round 7 of La Liga, yesterday 28/9.
Not many chances were created in the 90 minutes of the Madrid derby, when the defense of both teams played closely. The game was heavy on tactics and most of the time the ball rolled in the middle of the field. Both teams showed great effort to regain control when the ball was still far from the home goal.
The five-man midfield with Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale on the wings and Casemiro, Federico Valverde, Toni Kroos in the center to help Real not lose to Atletico. The home side played with four midfielders stretching and relying heavily on the strength and mobility of Ghana player, Thomas Partey.
Partey received the highest score from the prestigious Spanish journalist Sid Lowe, during the day he was at most of the hot spots on the pitch and the ball dispute was successful at a rate of 100%. On the offensive side, the 26-year-old midfielder created two of Atletico’s most visible chances in the first half as well as the whole match.
One came from the cross-section that slowly sent the ball across the goal of Thibaut Courtois in Diego Costa’s helplessness, and in another situation, he put Kieran Trippier into the empty area in the penalty area. The England international then passed in but was disbanded by Courtois.
Real’s chances are seen as clearer, when at least twice they forced Jan Oblak to dump all his strength to save. In the game of tit-for-tat at the end of the first half, the two teams continued shooting long distances. 40 minutes into the match, Toni Kroos created Real’s outstanding situation with a curling ball from Oblak.
In the second half, Luka Modric replaced Valverde and brought positive energy to Real. The visitors had the best chance in the 75th minute. Benzema headed into the far post after Nacho’s cross, but Jan Oblak saved Atletico narrowly.
In the second half of the second half, midfielder Saul had to play as a left-back instead of Renan Lodi, but Bale and James Rodriguez could not exploit much from this position. The result of a draw without a goal reflects the situation, in the match that only two teams had a total of four shots on goal.
A point earned at the Wanda Metropolitano helped Real maintain the top of La Liga with 15 points, one point more than Atletico and two points more than Barca.