Atletico Madrid developed an uninspiring functionality as they have been held to a – draw against Celta Vigo at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.
The initial opportunity came inside two minutes – a delightful Kieran Trippier cross getting Felipe, who headed straight at Ruben. The subsequent 25 minutes appeared to drift by with out either side genuinely carving out a notable chance. But, Los Rojiblancos have been in a position to test Celta’s goalkeeper when once more when Lodi struck a fierce shot at Ruben about the half hour mark.
In a sudden flurry of attacks, Joao Felix was subsequent to squander a very good opportunity at the back post to give his side the lead. On the other hand, aside from these couple of moments, the half ended with neither side hunting actually most likely to break the deadlock.
Diego Simeone clearly employed his time wisely at the break as the hosts created a robust start off to the second half – Koke obtaining a fierce drive tipped more than by Ruben 5 minutes in. Atleti continued to probe but struggled to break down a resolute Celta defence.
As the match wore on, the house side discovered themselves forcing passes in a bid to safe a winner and this disrupted the flow – with the game frustratingly ending in a stalemate.
Here’s 90min’s breakdown of the game.
Important Speaking Point
Atleti lost their final match in La Liga final weekend but have been impressive in midweek as they fought back to draw a thrilling contest two-two with Juventus. On the other hand, the popular denominator amongst each performances was that Simeone’s guys conceded twice and the defence looked penetrable.
For that reason, all eyes have been on the back 4 to see how they would cope against a unsafe Celta attack. The addition of Hector Herrera – Atleti’s 90th minute purpose hero on Wednesday – was an fascinating one particular. He brought an air of calmness to the group and was composed in his operate – enabling attacks to stem from there.
And despite the fact that he was astute in his operate, Simeone was not very best pleased with his fellow midfielders and forwards who have been lacklustre each offensively and defensively. Notably, Angel Correa and Koke supplied small cover when the ball was lost and have been worryingly scarce when the house side attempted attacking.
Herrera and Correa have been sacrificed as the manager searched for a higher speed – but absolutely nothing was forthcoming. And then came the final transform – Joao Felix off and Alvaro Morata on, which meant Diego Costa would be finishing the game. This came as a key shock with Costa but to even muster a shot on target in La Liga this season.
Eventually, the substitutions did not have the preferred effect and the lack of ruthlessness in front of purpose will be some thing that will be worrying each the manager and fans.
Beginning Xi: Oblak (six) Trippier (eight*), Felipe (7), J.M. Gimenez (six), Lodi (eight) Koke (six), Saul (7), H. Herrera (six), Correa (four) D. Costa (four), Joao Felix (six)
Substitutes: Thomas (six), Vitolo (five), Morata (five)
STAR PLAYER – You could make a case for either of Atletico’s complete-backs for the award of ‘star player’, with each Trippier and Lodi each acting as a continuous outlet for the midfielders and attackers. On the other hand, Trippier gets the nod as he was constantly hunting to probe and make factors come about.
The former Tottenham man’s crosses from open play and set-pieces appeared one particular of the far more most likely methods that his group would break the deadlock. With Koke regularly drifting infield, there was lots of space for him to exploit – and he surely did that. He was equally impressive with his selection producing additional up the field, offering intelligent and penetrating passes.
Trippier seems to be thriving at his new club and he followed up his impressive show against Juventus in the week with a further achieved functionality. He will face competitors from
Substitutes: B. Mendez (five), Kevin, Pape Cheikh (six), Sisto (N/A)
Atletico subsequent face a trip to face RCD Mallorca on Wednesday evening in La Liga, ahead of welcoming True Madrid on Saturday evening for the Madrid derby – a mouthwatering contest.
Celta, meanwhile, will host Espanyol on Thursday evening in the league and then face a trip to take on Eibar on Sunday.