Real Madrid teenager Alvaro proved why he is considered one of football’s most promising talents when he rescued a point for Real Madrid against Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
The 18-year-old put Real Madrid level in the 1-1 draw with Atletico, keeping Real Madrid’s LaLiga title hopes alive and denying their rivals the win that would have extended Barcelona’s lead at the top of the table to 10 points.
Alvaro began his career as a Real Madrid academy player and has been touted as one of the best young players for some time. He made his official Real Madrid debut in 2019 and has since become an integral part of the side, playing regularly for both Los Blancos and Spain’s Under-19 team.
On Saturday, Real Madrid were under pressure from Atletico who had taken the lead through Kieran Trippier in the first half. Real had struggled to create chances until Alvaro stepped up to take a free kick just before half time. His shot was deflected by Jan Oblak into his own net, tying it up at 1-1 at the break.
In the second half, Real dominated possession but could not find a way past Oblak, with Alvaro being denied by a great save late on. Despite this, they held on to secure a crucial point which keeps them within touching distance of Barcelona at the top of LaLiga.
Alvaro was instrumental throughout, showcasing his strength and technique despite still developing as a player. He finished with three shots but it was his set piece goal that really stood out – delivering what could prove to be an important point in Real’s title chase this season.
The result leaves Real seven points behind leaders Barcelona who face lowly Almeria today (Sunday). A win for Barcelona would mean they extend this gap to 10 points, so Real will be hoping that Sunday’s game brings more luck than Saturday’s draw did.
Regardless of how this season pans out for Real Madrid, Alvaro’s performance serves as further proof that he is an emerging talent worth watching closely over the next few years – especially if he continues to save points wearing his iconic Real Madrid jersey!
On a frigid afternoon, with flurries blanketing the Spanish capital, Real Madrid began the match at a leisurely pace. Although they had numerical superiority on their side, converting it into chances to score posed more of an arduous task for them. Real Madrid’s dynamic play was immensely stymied by Atletico’s well-organized defence. Eventually, however, Alvaro stepped up to deliver Real Madrid a much-needed point in their LaLiga title chase.
Alvaro’s goal proved to be the difference between Real and Atletico on Saturday – another reminder of why he is one of Real Madrid’s most promising young talents. With this performance, Real remain hopeful that they can catch up with Barcelona in the race for the LaLiga championship.