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Open Thread: December 13, 2020.

Another issue of the Daily Merengue!

Hola Madridistas!

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Another impressive win!

Marca and AS covers were about the impressive result and performance Los Blancos achieved yesterday. Marca claimed that Real Madrid presented themselves as La Liga title candidates, as they dominated the game and won 3 games in 7 days. Further, it was Atletico’s first defeat since Feb 3. Simeone agreed that Los Blancos won deservedly, as they were superior from the beginning. Real Madrid is in third position in La Liga- just 3 points behind the leader, although having played one additional game. The game was broken down in detail in the following articles: Immediate Reation and Player Ratings as well as the Managing Madrid podcast.

Zidane’s comments about the game.

Zidane said in the press-conference that he was happy with the whole game. For the coach, the team’s press was very good across the pitch and they didn’t let Atletico into the game, controlling the match from start to finish. Zidane also praised the players, saying that “everyone was very good”. He considers Case-Kroos-Modric trio at the same level as when they won the Champions League three-peat. The coach however stressed that ”We must not celebrate anything because we haven’t won anything, but we must be satisfied.”

Benzema’s record.

Yesterday’s game was Benzema’s 528th appearance as Madridista. He now has more appearances than Roberto Carlos, becoming the non Spanish player with the most appearances in Real’s history.

Other results from La Liga and Europe.

Valencia and Athletic Bilbao played out a 2-2 draw while Sevilla beat Getafe 1-0. The Manchester Derby turned out to be a dull affair with with both clubs staying in touch of the top 4. Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton claimed their third home victory over Everton in a row with a narrow 1-0 victory via a Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty. Chelsea risk losing further ground to Tottenham and Liverpool who both play today.

The Bundesliga saw both Bayern and Dortmund drop points with the former drawing 1-1 with Union Berlin and the latter trashed 5-1 by Stuttgart.

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