Real Madrid were last night torn apart by their bitter rivals Atletico Madrid after the two sides met in the International Champions Cup played in New York.
Atletico Madrid produced a masterclass performance scoring 4-0 after only 20 minutes and leading 5-0 at half time.
Diego Costa registered a first half hat-trick and added a 4th in the second half while their new boy teen sensation Joao Felix scored a stunning strike.
Real’s latest galactico Eden Hazard looked dumbfounded while Sergio Ramos and Thibaut Courtois all cut sad faces not knowing what had just happened.
All the talk pre-match surrounded Gareth Bale and his imminent exit – as it has done for most of the year – but that all disappeared inside 20 minutes.
Bale was out of sight and out of mind – starting on the bench – in the eyes of boss Zinedine Zidane, who has made it plain to the media on the club’s pre-season tour that the Welshman plays no part in his plans moving forward.
But right now Zidane’s issues run far deeper than moving Bale on as his new-look side got torn to pieces like meat in a lion’s enclosure, shipping five against their bitter rivals in just 45 minutes. Seven by the time the final whistle went.
Zidane was stunned. His side had no answers and that will have worried him more than anything.
The first came inside 45 seconds. Felix, starting behind a front two of Alvaro Morata and Costa, flicked the ball into the path of Costa and he did brilliantly to shift onto his right, find a yard and fire across goal into the bottom corner courtesy of a crucial deflection off the calf of Ramos.
It was a dream start for Diego Simeone’s side who, as they have in many Madrid derbies in recent years, emerged from the tunnel as underdogs. But they quickly became top dogs as their lead was doubled on eight minutes.
Atletico were swarming Real in wide areas, exploiting acres of space vacated by Los Blancos’ full-backs and after one warning soon after the opener, Courtois was collecting the ball from his net for a second time when Felix stabbed home from close range.