Los Blancos currently realize that four successes from their last four association games will be sufficient for them to shield their crown after impasse at Camp Nou
Match measurements: Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid
With Jan Oblak helpless interestingly, the consummately positioned Ousmane Dembele headed the ball over the bar.
At the opposite end, Luis Suarez kicked slight air as the ball moved across his way, his opportunity to rebuff Barcelona for compelling him out the previous summer vanishing before his eyes.
Back in the Spanish capital, Real Madrid allies let out apprehensive laughs. In a conflict between La Liga pioneers Atletico Madrid and title fakers Barcelona, it was the defending champs who won.
Barca and Atletico drew 0-0 at Camp Nou, in a strained, succinct conflict, that fit neither group. Atletico stays top, on 77 focuses, Barcelona second, on 75, yet in the event that Real Madrid beats Sevilla on Sunday they will be in charge of La Liga.
A triumph agrees with Zinedine Zidane’s stance to 77 as well, and they have the better head-than head record over their city rivals.
Four successes from their last four games for Real Madrid, and the title is theirs. After their wreck at Stamford Bridge, they can yet rescue something from the season.
In Catalunya, the still suspended Ronald Koeman watched on from the rear of the official box as his group began gradually. Atletico’s strategy would have been the equivalent paying little heed to their circumstance, play for the 0-0 and afterward attempt to loot a late victor.
Oscar Mingueza and Sergio Dest were unstable, with Atletico discovering some happiness down Barcelona’s correct hand side. Thomas Lemar, before a physical issue saw him supplanted almost immediately, and Yannick Carrasco was making peril, with Atletico beginning to rule after Sergio Busquets was constrained off with a head injury.
Belgium winger Carrasco, who scored the solitary objective in Atletico’s 1-0 success over Barcelona in November, was the guests’ most powerful player, tying Mingueza in tangles.
At the opposite end, Lionel Messi set out Barcelona’s best freedom, with a normally mazy spill and a strike that Jan Oblak did well to tip wide. It would have been up there with the Argentine’s absolute best had it gone in.
Slovenia goalkeeper Oblak, on his 300th appearance for Atletico, put in a commonly noteworthy execution, denying Gerard Pique from short proximity, among different recoveries. The Barca focus back chiefly had his hands full at the opposite end in an engaging fight with previous Blaugrana contract killer Suarez on his first re-visitation of Camp Nou.
The Uruguayan was regularly confrontational, fouling his companion and previous neighbor Messi in the initial stages, at that point going down holding his head after a conflict with Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Those recoveries were, maybe, excessively useful for some Barcelona fans, for whom a loss would have been desirable over an attract because of the fight lines among them and Real Madrid.
Atletico winning another title, they’re first since 2014, would be far the lesser evil than Zidane holding his Spanish crown.
This draw, however, gave the driving force back to the white portion of Madrid.