Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico Madrid: 3 things the hosts got right
What Los Blancos did correctly in the derby stalemate...
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid canceled each other out as the Madrid derby ended all-square again, with Antoine Griezmann pulling the visitors level just minutes after Cristiano Ronaldo's breakthrough.
Both sides went for a victory, as it was quite evident from the early exchanges. Los Blancos launched an all-out assault with high pressing, while the Rojiblancos posed the threat on the counter.
Even if neither of the teams really had any scope in the title race, a victory for the visitors would've at least kept the gap with leaders Barcelona from widening. But the Whites didn't let that happen, who threw everything at them in search of the local bragging rights.
Here's what Real Madrid got right in the derby draw.
#1 Making a statement of intent
Real Madrid were coming off the back of an important Champions League clash and have the second leg of the same coming up in the next 3 days. The stress levels were as high as it could get. But, they showed nerves of steel.
Not only did the Blancos start the game on the front foot, but also pushed for a winner in the final moments despite completely comprehensive about the circumstances right now. That was a clear statement of intent from the hosts.
A victory would've in fact, put Barcelona on the brink of the championship. But little did they heed to. They held nothing back. Pulled no punches. Real Madrid fought for the 3 points, and the local bragging rights.
This spirit, alone, deserves credit and showed why they are the European champions in the first place.