Surely the sum of the lack of nine in Barça and the half points Pedri, Messi and Griezman gave the unexpected result that Simeone bet on that line of 3 in which Savic and Hermoso were waiting when some of them entered the inside and thus closed the inner game to Koeman’s team.
This great equation of Cholo sent Carrasco to act as left lane, the position he plays in his selection. The Belgian winger had hesitations with Dembele at first, but he overcame, as he is doing with his career, and was serious and committed without the ball and unbalanced with him.
The first half was like another time. The rojiblancos were crouched in their own field, waiting to go on the counterattack. They did not suffer against a Barça as earthy as Messi. Quite the opposite happened in the second half in which Atlético defended with the ball in many phases of the match. João Felix He had sparks of his quality, but he missed his partner Luis Suárez when preparing. The Uruguayan gives Menino that support he requires to always distribute face to face with people who break into space.
I said in September that this season I have it marked in red and white. It is an atypical campaign where travel, Covid, injuries and the large mattress wardrobe, with the possibility of the five changes, make the team more expensive as an applicant than in other years. The first goal is to arrive alive and well in the area Luis Aragones, with options the last ten games. He has made the face of an aspirant. But I see him as a candidate for the title.