As has been the case for most of the season, The White's again failed to find the back of the net with their finishing a class below the standards that they set themselves last season. What I see in Griezmann is enthusiasm.
Lucas Hernandez came to Atletico's rescue in the 88th minute as the defender produced a superb block to deny Ronaldo a clean strike at goal from close range. Atletico were loose in possession and struggled to create many meaningful opportunities.
There was little mention of Barca's nearest challengers Valencia, who can reduce the gap to the Catalans back to four points if they beat Espanyol on Sunday, a week before a top-of-the-table clash between the two teams at the Mestalla. But their lack of creativity with passes into the box combined with poor finishing ensured that their cross-town city rivals escaped with a point as the 90 minutes ended goalless.
"These two players are part of the history of this club", said Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has told Antoine Griezmann that he is "free to leave" for Manchester United if he wasn't fully committed to the cause under Diego Simeone. "It's a difficult situation - the other day, they took the team photo just as he was leaving to take up his position on the pitch". Technically, Lucas certainly looks a far better bet than Theo, who caught the eye with a series of barnstorming charges down the left flank during his loan spell with Alaves last season. He was replaced by Nacho. Captain Sergio Ramos only played the first half after a kick to the face forced him off at half-time.
That blow left its mark not only on Ramos' face but on Real as a whole after their star centre-back had to withdraw at the interval, with Nacho Fernandez coming on as his replacement in central defence.
His attitude and response to Marco Asensio's moment of genius fell all to easily into narratives and rumours regarding his ability to put his interests behind those of his team.
"Barcelona will drop points", Zidane said after seeing his side fail to score away from home in La Liga for the first time in his tenure. Atletico, in particular, are desperately struggling in attack and rarely looked like scoring - even though they did have the game's best two chances with Angel Correa's early miss and Kevin Gameiro's shot cleared off the line.
Have the Madrid teams already lost in the title race to FC Barcelona?