Real Madrid asserted their dominance over city rival, Atletico Madrid, but they still won't be able to parlay that momentum into a berth in the Champions League final.
With the first leg of a semifinal against Borussia Dortmund in the books, Madrid will host Dortmund on Tuesday trailing 4-1 in aggregate.
It will take all the momentum and confidence Los Blancos can muster to try and erase that deficit.
So while Real traveled to Vicente Calderon for the latest installment of the Madrid Derby, their minds were more trained on the upcoming challenge in the Champions League.
This became quickly apparent on Saturday as Los Blancos took the pitch without Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil, Xabi Alonso, Luca Modric and Sergio Ramos among the starting 11.
Despite this lack of firepower and the fact that Atletico was hoping to make a final push to surpass Real for second in the La Liga table, Real still cruised to a 2-1 victory over its rival.
Even though Real's focus was clearly, and rightly, looking ahead at their attempt to erase their deficit against Borussia Dortmund, this short-handed win had to hand the club a nice boost of confidence. Beating a rival never gets old.
However, all the confidence and focus in the world won't allow them to come back from this deficit.
In the first leg of this semifinal, Borussia had their way with Madrid. They were the dominant side throughout as they controlled the flow of the action and fired five more total shots and three more shots on goal.
Robert Lewandowski ran rampant on his way to carding four goals. With the offense clicking, Madrid's defense was stretched thin and out of position, which made Borussia's job on defense far easier.
As a result, Lewandowski had a far easier time making his presence felt than Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.
While Ronaldo did net his side's lone goal, he spent the majority of the match frustrated.
If Real is going to have any chance of coming back, Ronaldo is going to have to go on a goal-scoring spurt. However, Borussia showed they aren't going to let that happen.
Expect Madrid to come out with intensity, but this 4-1 deficit is simply too much to overcome.
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