Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid derby ends at 2-2 with plenty of drama
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti was livid with Atletico Madrid’s approach in the electrifying derby at the Estadio Vicente Calderon on Sunday. Ancelotti took issue with Atletico Madrid’s “violent” and unnecessarily physical game play in the match which ended at 2-2 draw.
Real Madrid drew first blood with the help of striker Karim Benzema, but the home team soon came back and found themselves in the lead with two brilliant goals from Koke and Gabi. The second half of the game was even more intense, with diving, penalty claims, confrontations and blazing skills.
Then finally who but Cristiano Ronaldo found the back of the net minutes before the clock gave out on time. Ronaldo’s equalizer took the scoreline to 2-2 and kept Real Madrid clear on top of the La Liga standings.
In his post-match news conference Ancelotti told reporters that “rough” tactics from Atletico Madrid made things difficult for Real Madrid in the first-half of the game.
“A point is a point,” Ancelotti said. “It was a difficult match. We tried to play but it wasn't easy because Atletico played a very rough game. They tried to impose a violent game. We don't play like that. We tried to play football and in the end we managed to do that.”
On the other hand, Atletico Madrid’s manager Diego Simeone refused to take blame for his side’s physical presence on the field. Simeone said that Ancelotti’s comments were unfair. Simeone also had reservations against match referee Carlos Delgado Ferreiro, who booked Diego Costa for diving instead of seeing the foul Alvaro Arbeloa had committed on him.
Emotions were flying on Atletico Madrid’s bench as assistant manager German Burgos was sent to the stands for taking the protest for Costa’s booking in an unofficial and rude manner to referee Ferreiro on the sidelines. Consequently, Burgos had to be ushered away by colleagues in order to save the situation from getting more aggravated.
In his post-match news conference Simeone admitted his assistant got too angry and that his reaction was wrong.
“[Burgos] did not say anything to the referee before,” Simeone said. “Then he got angry. The fourth official was far away and decided that he had said things.”
Real Madrid are currently the league leaders with 64 points. Barcelona are tailing them, only a point away. Third-placed Atletico Madrid are two points away from Real Madrid.