He Athletic It’s a happy team. A team that plays football well. Because it has many good arguments. From the brain of koke up to the baton Griezmannpassing through some sharp Molina either Linen and ending in reserves like Memphis Depay who take advantage of their opportunities. The Dutchman and the Brazilian scored against Valencia. The red and white team continued their state of euphoria after the Cup with a solid victory. It was against one of the most in-form teams in a League in which Simeone’s team had already They are third thanks to the better goal difference with Barcelona.
The importance of rotations at Atlético
This was a match with several incentives. One of the main, know how the players who were going to enter the rotation would perform. To the Athletic A high schedule is coming up, with the recovery of the Super Cup match during the week, the derby that closes the trilogy next Sunday and, above all, the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals. At the Metropolitano and against Athletic. The spotlight was on men like Memphis Depay, precisely the cup-bearing hero born from a change that only Simeone understood at the time.
They were also part of the game in the red and white temple Neighborhoods, Savic either Reinildo. The Mozambican was the starter again 337 days later. He was injured on February 25 of last year at the Bernabéu. Despite having minutes in the Africa Cup, ‘Cholo’ had to correct several of his movements – in attack, because in defense he was impeccable – in a scheme that seeks to make the most of the connection between the wingers and the wingers. Behind Foulquier’s back, Atlético did a lot of damage in the first half.
Mamardashvili, one of the fittest goalkeepers in the category, went quickly into action. Because Memphis, Nahuel, Lino or Griezmann combined very easily against a Valencia that, despite the attacks, did not completely decompose. In the Frenchman’s boots was the first great local opportunity.
Samu Lino takes advantage of a mistake by Foulquier
The Georgian was a waste of reflexes, as he demonstrated again shortly after against Lino. Much more was needed than a pass to the net that Barrios attempted in the 35th minute. Valencia learned from his mistakes. Or rather Baraja, who exchanged the bands of Diego López and Fran Pérezwhile Javi Guerra, starter for the injured Canós, was closer to Hugo Duro in the pressure.
Atlético, for its part, did not change its mind under the gaze of a box in which, among others, the Spanish coach was present. Luis de la Fuente; the under-21 Santi Denia; and the future signing of Atlético Moise Kean. Just when Valencia was beginning to feel better, before the break, Griezmann put a ball into the hole, again taking advantage of the absence of Foulquier, who a former Valencia player like Samu Lino took the opportunity to define perfectly. The initiative returned to the visitors’ court, hurt by a mistake that pissed off Baraja.
Memphis makes its minutes profitable again
Valencia wanted to take a step forward and open the game. Maintaining defensive solvency was no longer worth anything to Baraja’s team. But they only managed a breath after the restart, because Atlético is a very confident team. He kept striking until he found the goal that ensured victory. Another work of tactical engineering, which shows how well this team plays, which has completely gone beyond the clichés it has been saddled with for years.
The 2-0 came with a pass from Koke that is something to see repeated. A first change of game with the left that Molina made his own to center. Memphis repeated as a scorer. His confidence is so great that shortly after he signed a self-pass with the spur that showed how in this team the wind is in favor. The climate was only made worse by Giménez’s premature departure. Pissed off, with the doctor Óscar Celada by his side. Although everyone performs, Atlético cannot afford to lose a single cash in an exciting season.
2 – Atlético de Madrid: Oblak; Molina, Savic, Giménez (Witsel, d. 58), Reinildo, Lino (Riquelme, d. 66); De Paul (Llorente, d. 66), Koke, Barrios (Saúl, d. 80); Griezmann and Memphis (Morata, m. 66).
0 – Valencia: Mamardashvili; Foulquier, Mosquera, Paulista (Cenk, d. 78), Gayá; Hugo Guillamón (Jesus Vázquez, d. 78), Pepelu; Fran Pérez (Yaremchuk, d. 55), Javi Guerra, Diego López (H. González, d. 89); Hugo Duro (Marí, d. 89).
Goals: 1-0, m.50+: Linen. 2-0, m.57: Memphis.
Referee: From Burgos Bengoetxea (Basque C.). He gave a yellow card to the locals Nahuel Molina (m. 50) and Saúl (m. 83).
Incidents: Match corresponding to the twenty-second day of LaLiga EA Sports played at the Cívitas Metropolitano stadium in front of 59,493 spectators.