Atletico Madrid player ratings as they fail to show up against rivals Real Madrid

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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.

ATLETICO MADRID (4-4-2)

Jan Oblak – 5: Slovenia goalkeeper may feel he could have reacted quicker for Casemiro opener. Blameless for other goals.

Santiago Arias – 5: Colombia right-back will not want to revisit this display again. Left in shadows by Vinicius and Bale.

Jose Gimenez– 5: VAR could not save the Uruguayan when his lunge on Vinicius was punished. Later forced Courtois into an athletic stop.

Diego Godin – 6: Marginally better performance than his younger compatriot. Failed to keep a lid on Benzema. Not at his best.

Lucas Hernandez – 6: World Cup winner kept Vazquez deathly quiet, bar one poor shot. Flung in joint-team high three crosses.

Angel Correa – 7: Foul/tackle on Vinicius and wonderful pass teed up Griezmann for fine leveller. The Argentina winger was Atleti’s best attacker.

Thomas Partey – 4: Ghanaian lost his head in the final throes, after losing the midfield battle. A bad display in a great season.

Saul Niguez – 5: Spain midfielder needed to use his physicality and technique to killer effect. But failed to influence proceedings.

Thomas Lemar – 5: Had 100-per-cent pass accuracy, but still managed to do absolutely nothing with the ball. Poor.

Alvaro Morata – 6: Curious display on home bow. Denied deft chip by offside flag and booked for a dive. Lacked conviction.

Antoine Griezmann – 6: Searing pace and cheeky finish earned an eighth derby goal in 28 matches. But did little else and ended game on wing.

SUBSTITUTES

Vitolo – 5: Continues to be an expensive mistake for Los Rojiblancos.

Rodrigo – 5: Was meant to shore up Atleti, but they conceded another goal with him on pitch.

Nikola Kalinic – 5: That’s now just one goal in his last seven run-outs.

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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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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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