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18.11.2017 » Atletico Madrid 0-0 Real Madrid. A goalless draw for Barça's delight

Cristiano Ronaldo at the Wanda Metropolitano in Atletico vs Real Madrid in 2017

It's been an intense derby at the Wandra Metropolitano like many had previewed, but no one could predict that we would end up with a goalless draw. Atletico and Real Madrid didn't score tonight and Barcelona has now a comfortable 10-point lead over the two.

It was a do or die game for both Madrid teams at the new Wanda Metropolitano today, as the Madrid derby pitted 3rd vs 4th with Real Madrid taking on Atletico Madrid. And honestly, it was one of the more pleasing performances of the season so far. The Merengues looked good in attack and the wingback combination of Marcelo and Carvajal (who was making his return from his heart issue), looked to be firing on all cylinders. Still, however, Madrid's problems in front of goal resurfaced and they were unable to find the back of the net as the match finished 0-0. The first scoreless derby for 12 years...

Cristiano Ronaldo game photos in Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid 0-0 Real Madrid
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There were chances of course, for both teams in fact. In the first minutes of the match, Angel Correa almost capitalized on a disastrous Varane mishit, but he spurned his opportunity. Ronaldo had a few chances but again, luck was not on his side. Sergio Ramos went off on the half after being kicked in the face and we'll have to see how long he may be out.

Real Madrid now sit a full 10 points behind Barcelona and honestly, it's looking very unlikely that they find enough form to return to the title race, but it's still only November and stranger things have happened.

Today's game, however, was a bit encouraging even if the result isn't. Madrid moved the ball well in midfield and the likes of IscoModric and Kroos were able to make their imprint on the match. Ronaldo and Benzema had some decent moments in attack, but we seem to be sorely missing some dynamism in the final third. Ronaldo's age and changing role means we are essentially missing a forward on the pitch with the ability to make things happen when the defenses are packed tight. This leads to us crossing the ball over and over again, a strategy that teams seem to have figured out. Madrid need to examine their plan of attack.

Cristiano Ronaldo running in Atletico vs Real Madrid in 2017

But perhaps such grandiose solutions are not needed, after all, maybe Madrid and specifically Ronaldo just need to see the ball hit the back of the net more. Ronaldo is still stuck on 1 league goal for the entire campaign so far and it appears that the 5-game suspension hampered his rhythm so badly that he's having a rough time recovering. You can see the frustration game after game, this is one of the most prominent slumps in Ronaldo's career and at 32, getting out of his current drought may be one of the biggest challenges of his career.

It seems the 4-4-2 is just not working. Previously, it was our secret weapon as it allowed us to dominate the midfield while the wingbacks pushed up and helped the attack. But now teams seem to have neutralized us and while Isco is in the form of his life, his play on the pitch isn't necessarily leading to victories for the team as a whole. It's a conundrum that Zinedine Zidane will have to figure out sooner than later...

Author: Terrance Ross

Cristiano Ronaldo in action in Atletico 0-0 Real Madrid

Real Madrid line-up vs Atletico Madrid:

Goalkeeper: Casilla
Defenders: Marcelo, Ramos, Varane, Carvajal
Midfielders: Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Isco
Attackers: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema.

Match stats provided by www.ronaldo7.net
Atletico Madrid
vs
Real Madrid
0
Goals
0
7
Shots
14
1
Shots on goal
3
7
Corner kicks
9
21
Fouls commited
6
6
Yellow cards
2
0
Red cards

0

34%
Ball possession
66%

Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Real Madrid is on November 21 of 2017 against APOEL Nicosia. You can watch Juventus live stream, APOEL Nicosia vs Real Madrid, Sevilla vs Liverpool, Manchester City vs Feyenoord, Borussia Dortmund vs Tottenham, and Besiktas vs FC Porto, all matches provided from our sports streaming game pages.

Real Madrid next game:
APOEL Nicosia vs Real Madrid
kick-off time (21-11-2017):

Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 03:45
Jakarta
(Indonesia)
| UTC/GMT+7: 02:45
India (New Delhi) |
UTC/GMT+4.30: 00:15
Spain
(Madrid) | UTC/GMT+1: 20:45
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+0: 19:45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-2: 17:45
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 15:45
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 12:45

Sources: ronaldo7.net / realmadrid.com / skysports.com / goal.com

Cristiano Ronaldo and Juanfran pushing each other in Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid in 2017

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