Real Madrid news: With an easy win over Atlético Madrid Los Blancos continued their flawless start to the La Liga season in a heated derby on Sunday night.
Karim Benzema remains injured for Carlo Ancelotti’s team. However, they maintained their stellar game, winning all nine games that season in all competitions. real coped superbly with the hostile environment of Atletis Stadium. They both scored goals in the first half courtesy of Rodrygo and Federico Valverde.
At the start of the shot on target, Rodrygo casually flicked a half-volley from Aurelien Tchouameni’s perfectly weighted chip over the top of Atletico Madrid’s defence. After Vinicius Junior attacked a through ball from Luka Modric and toe-toed the post, Valverde pocketed the rebound.
Diego Simeone started with Antoine Griezmann for the first time this year. However, it took Thibaut Courtois’ error to give them a chance to get back into the game. Mario Hermoso scored from error. A few minutes later he was sent off after two yellow cards in quick succession. Here are some talking points from the Madrid game.
Real Madrid news: Vinicius fires back at the racists
The game started terribly. A video surfaced on social media of Atletico Madrid supporters chanting racist chants about Vinicius. After agent Pedro Bravo told the Brazilian player to “stop playing the monkey” live on Spanish TV, the Real Madrid star spent days leading up to the game replying.
Vinicius vowed to keep dancing in celebration after goals were scored; He did just that on Sunday night. His partner Rodrygo scored the opening goal of the game but the pair quickly took a stance against racism by dancing at the corner flag.
The young Real strikers and their team-mates showed incredible defiance at that moment and responded to hate in the best possible way.
Atlético crowd makes a fool of themselves
On Sunday night, Atleti supporters added another more depraved act to their repertoire, in addition to screaming repulsive racial songs about Vinicius. Objects rained down from the stands as the crowds cheered after Real’s two goals in the first half.
A call for a halt was made during the half-time announcement over the stadium’s loudspeaker system, Metropolitano Stadium. Instead, Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was spotted passing an object to the referee midway through the second period to draw attention to the ongoing problem.
Valverde’s winning streak
When Real’s Champions League campaign began against Celtic on September 6 and Benzema fell to the ground with an injury, the fear among the team’s supporters was clear: who would score the goals? Some of the answers included Rodrygo, Vinicius and even Eden Hazard. Few people would have expected Valverde’s recent winning streak.
The Uruguayan midfielder has mostly been a background figure for Real in recent years. Despite Carlo Ancelotti’s reliance on him, he’s never reached the same level as some of the team’s other talents.
That’s starting to change. Valverde has now scored four goals this season compared to just one last year, including three in his three previous games. The 24-year-old has carved his way up the star-studded club’s pecking order by bringing a clinical edge to his athleticism and technical prowess.