Real Madrid player ratings as Vinicius Junior and Casemiro turn on style against Atletico

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Real Madrid kept up their impressive form under head coach Santiago Solari as goals from Casemiro, Sergio Ramos and substitute Gareth Bale earned a 3-1 derby win at 10-man Atletico, usurping their city rivals into second place in La Liga.

Brazil holding midfielder Casemiro delivered a 16th-minute scissor kick at a hostile Wanda Metropolitano, before France forward Antoine Griezmann soon burst past the offside trap – according to the video-assistant referee – and nutmegged hate figure Thibaut Courtois.

A stellar response then followed to earn a fifth-successive La Liga win and make it just the second time Atleti had conceded three or more at their new home. The electric Brazilian teenager Vinicius Junior was felled by Uruguay centre-back Jose Gimenez and Ramos did the business with a penalty kick on 43 minutes.

Into the second half, Wales superstar Gareth Bale came off the substitutes’ bench and fired in a punishingly accurate low finish to move onto 100 goals for Los Blancos on 74 minutes. Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey was then dismissed for a second yellow card to complete Atleti’s misery.

REAL MADRID (4-3-3)

Thibaut Courtois – 6: Ex-Atleti goalkeeper kept his composure as stream of plastic rats flew onto pitch. Made one strong stop from Gimenez.

Dani Carvajal – 7: Helped ensure France left winger Lemar had another afternoon to forget in an Atleti shirt. Rattled early by ex-team-mate Morata.

Raphael Varane – 6: Couldn’t utilise his pace to snuff out Les Bleus colleague Griezmann when Atleti broke. Otherwise quiet.

Sergio Ramos – 7: Box-office stuff. Burned off by Griezmann for goal, then delivered a perfect penalty and pointed celebration.

Sergio Reguilon – 6: Another solid display from the youngster, as Marcelo watched on. Recovered from awful foul on him by Partey.

Luka Modric – 7: Kept things ticking over for Madrid, throwing cold water on the Wanda cauldron. Measured assist for Bale.

Casemiro – 8: Exemplary display by the Brazil anchor man. Scissor kick gave Real an early lead. Also led the way in tackles for his team.

Toni Kroos – 7: Mirrored performance of Modric in three-man midfield. Quality in possession shone through. Some player.

Lucas Vazquez – 5: Spooned a delightful cross from Vinicius high into the crowd. This wayward shot summed up poor performance.

Karim Benzema – 6: An artful turn on Godin in first half was worth price of attendance. First game without goal or assist in five.

Vinicius Junior – 7: Racking up the impressive displays for Real. Stood up Gimenez and drew penalty. A constant menace.

SUBSTITUTES

Gareth Bale – 7: Came off the bench and delivered a textbook Bale goal, low into the opposite corner. Then wasted chance to make it 101 Los Blancos strikes with a header.

Dani Ceballos – N/A: Little time for Spain midfielder to impress.

Mariano Diaz – N/A: Helped ex-Atleti and Real winger Solari run clock down.

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Real Madrid tactics v Atletico Madrid as visitors look to use Vinicius Junior versatility

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Santiago Solari has turned things around at Real Madrid.

It’s derby day in Madrid on Saturday and the beautiful Wanda Metropolitano is ready to host the first Madrid derby of 2019.

A defeat to Real Betis in the previous league outing leaves Atletico Madrid with an immediate need to get things right again and put pressure on league leaders Barcelona.

Real Madrid have managed to string four wins in a row in the league and will be looking to extend it and head into the mid-week Champions League fixture against Ajax with full confidence.

The reverse fixture saw a pallid goalless draw at Santiago Bernabeu, but the stakes are higher now, as a win could send Madrid to second spot in the league table.

We take a look at the tactics Santiago Solari will look to employ in this big-ticket affair.

MAKE THE BEST OF VINCIUS JUNIOR’S VERSATILITY

The young Brazilian has taken La Liga by storm ever since he established himself in Madrid’s starting line-up. Technically a left-winger, Vinicius is comfortable on the right wing and can play as a pure number nine too.

His skill sets allow him to thrive on the wings better than anywhere, but he can be lethal from the centre, too. His performance against Sevilla serves as testimony to this. The Brazilian swapped spots with Karim Benzema after the break and looked threatening from the centre.

Solari should consider giving the 18-year-old a similar free role on Saturday. This will cause a lot of positional confusion in the Atletico back line and hence aid Madrid in breaking them down.

Both Benzema and winger Lucas Vasquez are comfortable with switching positions between the game and functioning as secondaries with Vinicius being the focal point.

Vinicius Junior

Vinicius Junior

DRAW ATLETICO OUT AND TROUBLE JAN OBLAK WITH HIGH SHOT VOLUME

It would be extremely safe to assume that Madrid will be the team in control of possession. Atleti will be totally fine with their rivals seeing more of the ball and will – in all certainty – hold a very deep line.

Atletico’s strength lies in soaking in the pressure and attacking on the counter. The fact that goalkeeper Jan Oblak – arguably the safest pair of hands in Europe – is unbelievable good from close range.

The defence too can ward off any danger that enters a crowded box.

Madrid should hence consider drawing Atletico out by circulating possession in the neutral third and then strike whenever the get the chance,

Solari’s men must have a go at every half-chance and trouble Oblak with a high shot volume. They must hence fancy a go from long range and make best use of set-piece opportunities.

Jan Oblak

Jan Oblak

The best keeper in Europe can comfortably deal with Madrid if the manage to muster a mere seven or eight shots the entire game. But a high shot-volume, regardless of quality, can test the Atletico custodian’s resilience and ensure that he ultimately buckles.

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Atletico Madrid tactics v Real Madrid as hosts seek caution on the wings

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Diego Simeone

It’s derby day in Madrid on Saturday and the beautiful Wanda Metropolitano is ready to host the first Madrid derby of 2019.

A defeat to Real Betis in the previous league outing leaves Atletico Madrid with an immediate need to get things right again and put pressure on league leaders Barcelona.

Real Madrid have managed to string four wins in a row in the league and will be looking to extend it and head into the mid-week Champions League fixture against Ajax with full confidence.

The reverse fixture saw a pallid goalless draw at the Santiago Bernabeu, but the stakes are higher now, as a win could send Madrid to second spot in the league table.

We take a look at the tactics Diego Simeone will look to employ in this big-ticket affair.

MORATA TO DUPLICATE COSTA’S ROLE FROM THE SUPER CUP

When Atletico last beat Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup last year, it was Diego Costa who was the star performer who propelled them to glory. The Spaniard scored a brace, but his role in Atletico’s win was not limited to just inscribing his name on the score sheet.

Costa was physically manhandling the Madrid centre-backs in Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos. After strangling the backline with immense pressing and physically dominating them, Madrid approached the Costa-situation with extra caution. Ultimately, space was created in the half-spaces for Thomas Lemar to thrive in.

Alvaro Morata should attempt to duplicate Costa’s role and force Madrid’s backline into making poor decisions. The ex-Chelsea man has looked beaten down this season and he will have to step up big time and impose himself on the Madrid defence.

Alvaro Morata

Alvaro Morata

BETTER CALL SAUL AND LEMAR TO THE PARTEY

This is a game that can be won or lost on the wings. One major takeaway from Madrid’s draw against Barcelona in El Clasico would be their conflicting performance on the wing.

Vinicius Junior created all sorts of problems on the left wing and played a huge role in Madrid achieving that early lead. At the same time, they looked vulnerable on the wings in defence, with left-back Marcelo having one of his worst games.

The key, for Atletico, would be in maintaining balance between attack and defence on the wing. Saul Niguez can provide some defensive depth and must hence start on the right to keep a check on Vinicius. Although the Spaniard prefers playing on the left, he has shown versatility in accustoming himself anywhere in midfield.

Thomas Lemar can start on the left, where the defensive burden is comparatively light. The Frenchman can be crucial in hurting Madrid on the break, by virtue of his pace.

Saul Nigez

Saul Nigez

Also, it would certainly help Atletico if forward Antoine Grezmann drops deeper and allow midfielders Rodri and Thomas Partey to shift wide and help out in defence. The wings will surely be the focal point in the Derby and the hosts must prevent Madrid from creating overloads at any cost.

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