There is never any love lost between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, but Los Rojiblancos appear to want to do something petty next week at the Wanda Metropolitano for the second El Derbi of the 2021/22 LaLiga season.
It was champagne football, as the saying goes, from the Merengues, with Rodrygo Goes winning Man of the Match honors and Dani Ceballos providing a midfield masterclass of the highest order. The title also seals Carlo Ancelotti’s place among the pantheon of greats as the only manager to win every one of the top five European leagues.
You would think that Real would get the utmost respect from other LaLiga clubs, with even Barcelona congratulating them on Twitter after the game.
But their crosstown rivals don’t appear interested in doing the same by giving Real Madrid the customary guard of honor next weekend on Sunday night at the Wanda in LaLiga. Several players publicly said that they would not want to do so, including star goalkeeper Jan Oblak and center back Jose Maria Gimenez.
So naturally, Madridistas came back at Atleti and had a field day roasting the club Real Madrid owned earlier this season at the Bernabeu.
Atletico Madrid are talking tough for a team in fourth place and that could be bumped off by Copa del Rey winners Real Betis. Los Verdiblancos are in fifth. And you know what they play on the last matchday of the LaLiga season? Real Madrid. Very interesting…
Atleti don’t have a great reputation. Just ask anyone who watches them in the Champions League. Their antics against Porto and Manchester City this season were particularly galling.
Right, it’s funny how teams like Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have such an inferiority complex to Real Madrid they are more worried about Los Blancos than actually winning their games. Atleti were absolutely owned by Athletic Bilbao on the same day that Real won the league title.
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And small clubs should honor the biggest club in their city.
Maybe it’s too harsh to call a team that won LaLiga last year and made it to two Champions League finals in the last decade a “small club”, but when you can’t respect the winners of the league – when they gave you a guard of honor in the past – then maybe it’s a label you have earned through your lack of class.