Atleti remain sandwiched between leaders Barcelona and third-placed Madrid in LaLiga, four points better off than their neighbours.
Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has rubbished reports claiming a move to Barcelona is already in place but says he wants his future sorted before the World Cup in Russian Federation later this year. "He keeps improving, we need him and we are coming to the most important part of the year, when all the effort done in the first months pays off or not". Bale was given the freedom of the Bernabeu by the Atletico defence on the left wing and he made them pay by sending an inch-perfect cross into Ronaldo to score with a well-taken volley at the back post - his 650th career goal.
"He is a great player, he is very strong in these moments mentally", Simeone told his postmatch news conference. "It is not easy to reinvent yourself on the run, as he has done".
However, it was not enough for Real to win the match.
"I'm happy with the match and how we performed because we clearly deserved more".
For the first time in the game, Atletico had established a momentum and Navas had to produce a good save to deny Koke as they pressed once again.
Los Blancos came into the clash the more in-form side as they have recorded an impressive six wins from their last six games in all competition.
Zinedine Zidane has by no means overwhelmed Atletico Madrid on the Bernabeu in La Liga as supervisor, with Diego Simeone's facet having gained three and drawn one among their final 4 league visits. Prior to that, they had not beaten Real away from home since 1999.
"There are seven games left, football can change quickly, lots of points still to play for". "In Europe, teams like Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus have seen how hard it is to face them. But we could also have lost the game".
Past year he had said that there was "a six in ten chance" he would move to Manchester United only to sign a contract extension with Atletico.