Madrid 1-0 Atletico: Benzema settles derby to send leaders Blancos 6 pts clear
Karim Benzema struck early in the second half as Real Madrid moved six clear at the top of LaLiga with a 1-0 derby win over Atletico Madrid.
Zinedine Zidane showed something more on Saturday.
He put his five favourite midfielders on the pitch in the Madrid derby to take on Atletico Madrid, trying to make it a derby won in the middle, but his mistake was clear.
The Frenchman rectified his error, though, and made two changes at the break, bringing on Vinicius Junior and Lucas Vazquez and reverting to a more offensive 4-3-3, a shift that won the game.
Those changes led to Fede Valverde shining again as he emerged in midfield. The 21-year-old showed his best self, as did Vinicius.
Real Madrid moved six points clear of Barcelona at the top of LaLiga as Karim Benzema’s goal proved enough to claim a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.
Both previous derbies between the sides this season – one in LaLiga and one in the Supercopa de Espana final – had finished 0-0 but Saturday’s encounter finally bucked the trend.
Having held out somewhat in the first half, Madrid, who were buoyed by a double change from Zinedine Zidane at half-time, broke the deadlock through Benzema’s first home goal against Atleti.
Substitute Vinicius Junior went close to capping a fine performance with a goal late on, but Madrid’s failure to add another did not prove costly as they ended Atleti’s six-match unbeaten run at the Santiago Bernabeu.