Indeed some of Atletico’s games are so cringe worthy that watching them requires bravery beyond imagine. But you have got to admire the organisation and discipline that Diego Simeone inculcates into this team. The champions league victory at Porto was a master class in that. That was thrown out of the window here as they produced a lackluster display at the Bernabeu. Off field troubles aside, Karim Benzema is one of the most clinical finishers around. The understanding with Vini Junior is blossoming under Carlo Ancelotti. His goal was well taken on the volley but Koke losing the ball so easily to Modric has got to have Simeone pulling his hair out.
Difference between the Vini of this season compared to last is the decision making aspect. Last season he would have gone for goal at that tight angle instead of looking for his teammate. Luis Suarez benched by Simeone opting for the less elegant but often effective Cunha. That left Griezmann as the biggest threat upfront. Best chance the free kick late into the first half saved by ex Atleti keeper Courtois. Vini has a hand again for the second goal by Asensio. Look, Atleti were short again at the back. When attacking they usually have 4 at the back when defending they go to a back 5. In this case they were 3 at the back meaning some guys weren’t pulling their weight here. Real Madrid now 5 clear at the top over second placed Sevilla. Atleti down in 4th.