Real Madrid suffered first heavy defeat under management of Carlo Ancelotti against city rivals Atleti at Vicente Calderon. Once again, Diego Simeone proved that passion can do wonders. His side thrashed the league league leaders with huge 4–0 win at their home ground. Atletico Madrid’s recent dominance over Real Madrid shows no sign of letting up after the Rojiblancos thrashed rivals.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid 4–0 Goals Highlights Video
Nothing was running in favour of Real Madrid. Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas should have done better with the first as he allowed Tiago’s 18 yard strike squirm under his body, but he could do nothing about the second.
There was no single shot on target by Los Blancos in the first 45 minutes against Atleti. Coach Carlo Ancelotti decided to replace Sami Khedira with Jese Rodriguez.
Cristiano Ronaldo who returned after two man bans was failed to score even a single goal. He contributed nothing to getting his side back into the match. Ronaldo and Bale did nothing except receiving boos.
During the first half, Koke got injured. The power, running and technical ability the midfielder provides would all have been big losses — but Saul Niguez came on and brought Atletico all of that and more.
The bicycle kick from Saul provided 2–0 lead for Atletico Madrid. It was probably the best goal in this season of the La Liga.
— World Soccer Talk (@worldsoccertalk) February 7, 2015
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid 4–0 Player Ratings
|Atletico Madrid||Real Madrid|
|Diego Godin||6.6||Fabio Coentrao||3.3|
|Joao Miranda||7.1||Raphael Varane||2.9|
|Guilherme Siqueira||7||Dani Carvajal||4.5|
|Arda Turan||7.2||Sami Khedira||3.6|
|Mario Mandzukic||9.1||Cristiano Ronaldo||2.0|
|Antoine Griezmann||7.6||Karim Benzema||3.5|
|Saul Niguez||8.3||Jese Rodriguez||4.7|
|Raul Garcia||5.7||Asier Illaramendi||4.6|
|Fernando Torres||6.2||Javier Hernandez||N/A|
After the win, Diego Simeone said “In a game like this we were able to play the game we wanted out on the pitch. And it went very well. Our ability to interpret the plan, and then execute it, was brilliant.”