The Colchoneros reach two points from the top: Felipe scores 1-0 in the 88th minute. The Rossoneri arrive at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday
Three points suffered until the end in perfect style colchonero. The Cholo gang must sweat seven shirts, but in the end they manage to bend the stamina of a solid Osasuna 1-0. A real breath of fresh air for the people of Madrid, who resume running after the daring misstep in Valencia before the break. The distance from the top of La Liga is now two lengths, one from Real Madrid (which, however, has one game less). The most positive note for Simeone is the defense finally unbeaten after the seven goals collected in the previous four days. Now head to the Champions League and AC Milan, expected on Wednesday in Madrid.
trap for the cholo
The one against Osasuna is a particularly insidious challenge on paper for Simeone’s gang for a number of reasons: for the recent unfortunate results of the Colchoneros (only one victory in the last four days), for the six points already blurred between the walls friends (with Villarreal, Athletic and Real Sociedad), and because at the same time Osasuna is one of the best performing teams away from home. If we add to these premises the precarious conditions of the South Americans on their return from their respective national teams, we understand the evening of suffering that the Colchoneros go through.
With the crucial Champions League match on the horizon against Milan, Simeone avoids risking Suarez, De Paul and Gimenez from the start, adding to the unavailable Joao Felix, Trippier and Saponjic (the latter three out also against the Rossoneri on Wednesday ). The first half is based on a total balance, even at the level of conclusions, although the best is for the guests (Torrò’s violent shot from distance rejected by Oblak). However, Atletico came out at a distance thanks to the combination of three factors: greater fluidity of maneuver, decidedly more sustained rhythms and, in the middle of the second half, the entry of De Paul and the Pistolero. In the long run, the guests are not satisfied with density at the limit of their own area, because the growing intensity of the Colchoneros is rewarded with a few minutes from the end. A corner kick granted after yet another cross of the evening was decisive, testifying to how much Atletico insisted on the side lanes (certainly useful indication for Milan): precise center of Carrasco, Felipe’s detachment and ball on the post further away that triggers the exultation of the Wanda Metropolitano. At the final whistle also explodes that of Cholo, which returns to feel the breath on the neck of the leading trio.
November 20 – 20:47
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