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Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid: Stats Comparison from Madrid Derby 2014

LISBON, PORTUGAL - MAY 24:  Gareth Bale of Real Madrid tries to go through the Atletico defense during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 24, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistMay 25, 2014

Real Madrid's 4-1 triumph over Atletico Madrid on Saturday proved to be one of those cases where the statistics and figures surrounding it may not accurately tell the tale of their encounter.

Of course, that's all down to how one might interpret the numbers, and there stands some crucial aspects of the fixture that do indicate just why Los Merengues may have come out gleaming.

Their Champions League victory in Lisbon gifts the club a 10th European Cup success—"La Decima"—and just as 10 sits as a key figure for Carlo Ancelotti's team, there are other statistics that separate the two quite aptly.

 

Defence Wins Titles

LISBON, PORTUGAL - MAY 24:  Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid celebrates victory during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 24, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Los Rojiblancos' reputation as Spain's most revered defensive unit was always going to be a factor in Portugal's capital, and for 94 minutes, Diego Simeone's outfit once again rose to the occasion.

However, how suitable it is that on a night with so much talk around the attacking superstars on show, centre-backs Diego Godin and Sergio Ramos should net arguably the most important goals for either side, ESPN FC pointing out the irony:

And Ramos' injury-time equaliser was a befitting way to cap a magnificent outing in general, with Squawka depicting the Spaniard's movement from the back and how his probing from deep helped put Real in control as legs began to tire.

WhoScored.com showed that Godin and defensive partner Miranda took a combined 74 touches, Ramos made almost double that amount with 136 of his own, which although helped by a sizeable share of the possession, is still highly impressive for a man in the back line.

 

Wings Prove Key To Success At Estadio da Luz

LISBON, PORTUGAL - MAY 24:  Juanfran and Gabi of Club Atletico de Madrid close down Ángel Di Maria and Fabio Coentrao of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 24, 2014 in Lis
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And another irony of the matter is that Benfica's Estadio da Luz, home of the Eagles, should produce a final where it was the victors' use of the wings that paved their way to victory.

Squawka illustrated just how the Madrid representatives sized up against one another, with Real pumping 40 crosses in from out wide, finding the target with 11, while Atleti connected with just three of an attempted 22:

Via Squawka

As aforementioned, we of course have to take possession into account here.

Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel Di Maria and Dani Carvajal were those most responsible for easing Ancelotti's burden from the flanks as the Atletico defence ultimately gave way to irresistible pressure.

 

Short Ball Beats The Long Game

It's a fairly small point, but a vital one, that the passing and distribution of any goalkeeper is one attribute that often goes without note.

LISBON, PORTUGAL - MAY 24:  Iker Casillas of Real Madrid shows his frustration during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 24, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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However, on Saturday, there was a distinct difference between how Iker Casillas and Thibaut Courtois fed their teammates, the latter completing just 27 percent of his passes, per WhoScored, while Casillas' 82 percent was far more impressive.

Squawka provides a closer look at just why Courtois wasn't finding his range, evidently attempting to find his men in enemy territory all too often:

Via Squawka

Being eager to get his side up the pitch is one thing, but for the Belgian youngster to find a teammate in just two of an attempted 10 long balls is a gargantuan sacrifice in possession, and one his team obviously couldn't withstand.

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