For the first time in 14 years Real Madrid lost the local derby against rivals Atletico Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo had quite a few things to say to the press after the game, “When things go wrong it is easy to lift your arms and blame teammates, but that’s not what I saw on the field. We have to keep working and be united. The coach is doing a great job, he is one of the best coaches I’ve had in my career and we are very happy with him. The players are to blame and we have to hold our heads up. We don’t need to make a big drama out of it, we have to keep working hard because we have lots of things to win this year”, he said.
It did not take long for Atletico’s in-form Brazilian striker Diego Costa to open up the coring. In the 12th minute he was assisted by (also in-form) newly Spanish international Koke after some clumsy Real Madrid defending and to say that the Bernabeu went quite is an understatement.
Real Madrid fought harder in the second half, while bringing on stars like Bale and Modric but in the end it wasn’t enough. Atletico have now won the two latest meetings between the teams, last night’s game aswell as the cup final last spring.
To re-adress how in-form Koke and Diego Costa are; Koke has assisted 11 of Costa’s last 17 goals. If both keep up this form, they’re almost guaranteed a spot in their national team’s squads in next summers World Cup.
Another La Liga player who made the headlines last night; Leo Messi. Not only did he score his 324th goal for the Catalonians, but he has now scored more goals than any Real Madrid player (Raul, 323). Shortly after the record-breaking goal he was substituted, and it is now confirmed that Messi will be out injured for 2-3 weeks with a thigh injury.
Written by Eric Cagenius