Atletico looked significantly more unsafe in attack during the first half and only failed to take the lead because of Courtois' efforts, denying Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa in one-on-one situations.
Real Madrid have now scored just one goal in their last three games and supporters made a point of crying out for the club's top scorer of all time as the team squandered chance after chance against Atleti.
Real sold Ronaldo to Juventus for £99 million in July and while it took the 33-year-old a little while to get going in Italy, nobody has had a greater contribution than him in Serie A this term.
"But let's be honest, do not lie to us, my goal was the most attractive".
"Bale had discomfort in his abductor at half-time and as a precaution he didn't come out for the second half", said Lopetegui.
The most normal thing would be to play with a 4-4-2, with a midfield consisting of Casemiro, Kroos, Modric and Ceballos, and an attack of Benzema and Asensio.
"What the coaches have to do is to look for solutions". Dani, for example, came on today and did fantastic.
Lopetegui sent a reassuring message to the fans after the derby to assure them that "the goals will come" and that "the team's game, with the exception of the first half at Sevilla, is good".
The visitors had much more about them going forward in the first half and Courtois - facing his former side for the first time since returning to LaLiga - was kept busy.
Recent slips from Real and Barcelona have allowed Atletico to make up the ground lost when they dropped points in their opening fixtures, with this result extending their unbeaten La Liga run at the Bernabeu to six seasons. "That could be this group, we must keep improving what we are doing".