Ferland Mendy's goal was the result of a plan that went wrong: “It was a rehearsed play, but the one who had to shoot was not Ferland. In the end, Ferland scores with his right hand and he's fine, ” Zidane acknowledged, unable to contain a smile. Kroos took a short corner to the peak of the area, where Modric was, who left it to Mendy, only in the front. From there a warped shot was taken that the Atalanta goalkeeper could not reach. At first glance, with his bad leg, although about that Zidane also had a surprise: “He has his right that, even sometimes, when throwing a strong blow, he has it stronger with the right than with the left. With the left he is more precise, ”he said.
The fact is that the French full-back had scored 15 days before against Getafe at the Alfredo di Stéfano, also with the right, throwing himself for the ball in the small area. And last Saturday, against Valladolid in Zorrilla, he also scored with the right after a cut, although the VAR canceled it for offside.
AtalantaPierluigi Gollini, Cristian Romero, Rafael Tolói, Djimsiti, Remo Freuler, Joakim Maehle (Palomino, min. 84), Marten de Roon, Robin Gosens, Matteo Pessina, Duván Zapata (Pasalic, min. 29) and Luis Muriel (Josip Ilicic, min. 55) Real MadridCourtois, Varane, Lucas Vázquez, Ferland Mendy, Nacho , Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, Vinicius Junior (Mariano, min. 56), Isco (Hugo Duro, min. 75) and Marco Asensio (Sergio Arribas, min. 75) Goals0-1 min. 85: Ferland Mendy. Referee Tobias Stieler Yellow cards Casemiro (min. 22), Ferland Mendy (min. 54) and Robin Gosens (min. 70) Red cards Remo Freuler (min. 16)
Mendy, voted best player of the match, has been disheveled for a couple of weeks, each time more launched to attack, with a boldness reminiscent of the flashes he showed after confinement last season. Against Atalanta, he not only sealed the victory with his target, but began to put it on track much earlier with another excursion into enemy territory in which, when he was almost stepping on the area, he was shot down by Freuler, who saw the red one. by Gasperini
The expulsion of the Swiss in the 17th minute marked the development of the match and especially despaired the local coach, Gian Piero Gasperini: “It's a football suicide. We need referees who have previously played soccer. If they don't understand the difference, let them change jobs. I can't say more, because if I don't, UEFA sanctions me for two months ”, he complained. “It is disappointing not to have been able to play this match as we wanted. By staying with ten it was a different game. We had to defend and we did it well. ”
Zidane agreed on that:“ It was a bit uncomfortable in the sense that we couldn't find spaces, ”he said. Nacho also referred to the difficulties that arose with this circumstantial withdrawal: “It has cost us. Atalanta was left with one less and they closed very well behind ”. The feeling, as Lucas Vázquez explained, was general: “The game got complicated. After the expulsion they went way back. It is very difficult for us to find spaces, clear goal situations. ”
Madrid caught playing for more than an hour with one more player, and Zidane was not very satisfied with the team's performance:“ We did not play a great game, in the sense that we played ten against eleven, but it is a good result away ”. Mendy's goal, in a play that went wrong, was a relief to the limit that the time was up.