Everything has to be left behind quickly, because now we have a massive challenge in the shape of a derby against Atletico, ' the Real Madrid coach said at a press conference. Gareth Bale was replaced at halftime with an apparent injury.
At the start of the second half there was silence in the stands of Santiago Bernabeu Stadium when fans saw that Bale did not come out of the locker room after halftime.
Former AS Monaco star Thomas Lemar made a significant impact in both of those victories. Atleti maintained their resurgence after a miserable start to the season while Real steadied the ship following their hammering at Sevilla on Wednesday.
Lopetegui's side move back level with Barcelona on points.
Real controlled the game with more possession although Atletico looked more unsafe going forward and had the two clearest chances of the first half.
"We do not compare ourselves to Madrid or Barcelona", Simeone added.
Alaves missed the chance to go joint top when they were held by Getafe on Thursday, but the team from Vitoria will fancy their chances against Levante who were Valladolid's victims on Thursday and lost their last home game 6-2 against Sevilla. "But we were far superior to Atletico Madrid, in the end of first half and entire second half".
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This match was not lacking for sub-plots.
Ahead of theri game against Real Madrid, Diego Simeone said, "Apart from their last game, where they faced a complicated opponent in Sevilla, who are not easy to compete against, I see a vertical Madrid".
It was Julen Lopetegui's first derby as Real coach, although he was the fifth Real manager Diego Simeone had stood opposite.
Sergio Ramos was scathing of those comments, accusing him of "ignorance" and reminding Griezmann that the likes of Iker Casillas, Andres Iniesta, Gianluigi Buffon and Xavi have all won many trophies without ever taking home the Ballon d'Or. "We know we're going to face one of the best teams in the world".
Front and centre, however, was the battle at the top of the table.
"I guess they did not stop the play because they saw it in a normal play, because it's interpretable". "Teams that you would think can not beat you are doing so".
Tempers flared as a sprinting Bale was shouldered out of play by Saul Niguez.
Lopetegui's system has been impressive in building a creative attacking unit while also limiting the opposition. The ball had struck Casemiro's arm but Godin was being optimistic. He clipped a volley just wide from a free-kick by Toni Kroos.