Real Madrid and Atleti end goalless, lose ground to Barcelona

Posted Noviembre 19, 2017

Leganes have enjoyed a fine start to just their second ever season in the Spanish top flight and a repeat of the 5-0 thrashing Barca dished out on their visit to Butarque last season was never likely as the hosts went onto enjoy the better of the opening half.

Speculations have been rife that Everton were considering an audacious approach for the Argentine to replace sacked Ronald Koeman but he's admitted that though he was close to quitting Atletico after their Champions League final loss to city rivals Real in 2016, he's resolved to see out his current contract which is expected to run out in 2020.

The busy Ambrabat was the creator for Leganes' best chance before the break when he released Alexander Szymanowski inside the area, but the Argentine's curling effort was turned to safety by the in-form Ter Stegen.

Cristiano Ronaldo is fit and running for this game and so is Sergio Ramos.

However, despite all the talk, Atletico club president Enrique Cerezo has hit back by claiming that his club will dig their heels in over any potential transfer talks in the future, while Griezmann is set for a long stay in Madrid.

The visitors slowly started to take control of possession as the first period wore on, but lacked a creative spark.

Barca's joy was tempered moments later when Gerard Pique was booked for bringing down Nordin Amrabat meaning he will be suspended for next weekend's top of the table clash at Valencia.

Through the second half, Simeone at least made some switches to change things up, and substitute Yannick Carrasco made a difference, but Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla remained untroubled. In the end neither team deserved to win, and neither could. Correa's miss on three minutes was a real shocker, and by the end he was the only Rojiblanco player on the pitch who has scored (just once) in his team's past four games.

Griezmann has recently said that he wishes to play alongside Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who joined PSG from Barcelona and Monaco respectively in the summer.

Suarez opened the scoring after Leganes goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar dropped the ball in front of the goal after a cross by Paco Alcacer. However, since the summer United's name continued to be linked with Griezmann. Suarez hadn't scored in more than a month. The Whites also have the most away wins against them in the competition (34).