Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid Takeaways: The best there is under pressure

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Real Madrid always rise to the occasion under pressure

Although Real Madrid have suffered some incredibly disappointing defeats this season to the likes of Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk, there is one common thread about this team that holds true in 2020-2021. When Real feel the temperature rising, they respond in kind.

First, they won 1-0 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, even though it meant shifting into something of a low block to hold off Sevilla. Then, they were at their sterling best against Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League, creating copious chances and only allowing a solitary counterattacking opportunity to Marco Rose’s men.

Finally, with the majority of Spanish football watching Saturday night’s hyped-up derby, Real Madrid delivered an encore performance with another 2-0 victory. Even with two brilliant saves from Jan Oblak, Los Blancos picked up a well-deserved three points. Atleti may have come into the match with the league’s best defense, but Real exited it with a clean sheet after wiping Joao Felix and Luis Suarez off the field.

When Real Madrid dig deep and find their best, there is a realization that this is what they are capable of and how they can play in every match. We are about to see the true Real Madrid going forward, because their ability to meet the pressure isn’t just a one-off. They have refound themselves.