Atlético de Madrid triumphed in the first Madrid Derby of the 2023/24 season, earning an impressive 3-1 victory against Real Madrid at the Estadio Cívitas Metropolitano on Sunday night.
Los Blancos made the short trip across the Spanish capital as the only team in Europe's top five leagues to still boast a 100 percent record, but Diego Simeone and his players constructed an intelligent game plan and executed it to perfection.
Here comes a look at how Atlético de Madrid won this derby, with five of the key aspects outlined below.
Morata's confident start to the season continues
Álvaro Morata was absolutely key to the home side's victory, as he scored the opening goal in the fourth minute and then made it 3-1 just half a minute in to the second half. Those two goals mean Morata now has five in LALIGA EA SPORTS this season, so he is the joint-top scorer alongside Robert Lewandowski and Jude Bellingham. The 30-year-old has started the season with confidence, and also scored a hat-trick for Spain, who he is now the full-time captain of, against Georgia during the September international break. The striker is playing with maximum confidence.
The excellent crossing from Atlético de Madrid's left
All three of Atlético de Madrid's goals in the derby were from crosses originating from the left, which were then headed in by Morata twice and by Antoine Griezmann once. The forwards deserve praise for their finishing, but so too do the players who put the perfect balls into the area: Samuel Lino for the first and Saúl Ñíguez for the second two goals. The Brazilian and the Spaniard were dominant on the left side of Atleti's midfield and continued their good starts to the new season. Simeone knew that they could carry out hisRead on tribalfootball.com