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Atletico Madrid 4-0 Real Madrid: Five Talking Points

Srihari
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Modified 07 Feb 2015, 23:43 IST
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Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF reacts defeated as behind Mario Mandzukic of Atletico de Madrid celebrates scoring their fourth goalFor the first time since 1999, Atletico Madrid beat Real Madrid at home in the league and moved to within four points of the leaders. Tiago opened the scoring for the hosts in the 14th minute as Iker Casillas failed to keep out a tame effort from the edge of the box.Saul, who had only just come on for the injured Koke, scored with a wonderful overhead kick to make it 2-0 within a few more minutes. Although Real Madrid enjoyed a lot more possession in the rest of the half, they failed to create anything and it was Atletico who scored the game’s next goal via Antoine Griezmann.Mario Mandzukic capped off a wonderful performance with a goal in the final minute of normal time to make it 4-0 and extend Atletico’s unbeaten run over Real this season.Here are the five major talking points from the game.

#1 Inexperienced Real defence taken apart by Atletico

Given Atletico Madrid's physical, aggressive approach, it isn't much of a surprise if they dominate opponents in the air. But the loss of their two main central defenders in Sergio Ramos and Pepe meant that Real Madrid had to go with Nacho and Raphael Varane, two players who hadn't featured too often this season.

Their inexperience showed as Mandzukic simply bullied them all afternoon. While Casillas didn't help his defenders with his performance, it is fair to say that defensively, Real were in complete and utter shambles on Saturday.

With their main centre backs still some way away from full fitness, Carlo Ancelotti has to find a way to make things work at the back. Because if he doesn't, Real will be ripped apart by any side that is good in the air.

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Published 07 Feb 2015, 23:04 IST
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