Less than four years ago, the Real Madrid fans hung a banner at the Santiago Bernabeau which translated roughly into, “Wanted! A competent city rival”. Not in their wildest of nightmares would they have thought that this would turn into a reality soon. In recent times, no amount of investment seems to help the 10-time European champions, who now look destined with yet another year without the league title. Antoine Griezmann scored the only goal of the game to clinch the game.Also Read - Ballon D'or 2021: Lionel Messi Does Not Deserve, Toni Kroos Reacts to PSG Man Winning it For 7th Time

Cristiano Ronaldo had good opportunities but even his deadly leap seemed to desert him in this contest. While Atletico might have not created loads of chances in the game, their defense was staunch and rarely let their illustrious neighbours create clear-cut chances in the game. Real’s attack was lacking in quality, and James Rodriguez was missing for large spells in the game. There were boos from the home crowd and as many as three youth players came into the side to change things around. Lucas and Jese added more energy to the attack and there were a couple of occasions where Real threatened to break the deadlock. Also Read - La Liga: Late Vinicius Strike Gives Real Madrid Win Over Sevilla

However, this is a phase that Atletico will look back as their best in their history. Filipe Luis broke though from the left, got past Dani Carvajal and passed the ball to Antoine Greizmann, who was running free in the middle. The Frenchman controlled it and slotted the ball home. The Rojoblancos held on and the final whistle was met with loud jeers from the disgruntled home fans, who have to deal with another year of seeing arch-rivals Barcelona lift the La Liga title. “If everyone was as good as me, maybe we’d be first”, quipped a peeved Ronaldo in his post-match interview. The truth is that that the two-time Ballon d’Or winner has seldom cranked it up playing against big teams. Yeah, Atletico, they are a big team and they are the bigger team in Madrid. Also Read - Champions League: Manchester City, PSG, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, and Sporting Lisbon Advance to Last 16