Atlético de Madrid is a great rival even for a team as brave as Real Sociedad, which was defeated again and loses steam at the top of the table. The leader showed in Anoeta what he is and will continue up there, also with several postponed games, still to be played. He left San Sebastián consolidating his candidacy for the title, despite the fact that he has not even concluded the first round of the championship yet. Simeone and his people are on solid ground.
The two teams started strong, pressing the opponent’s ball out. Atlético did it first, with intensity and without fainting. Then it was the turn of the Royal Society. In view of what was kneaded in the grass, both decided to opt for more expeditious routes to cross the midfield towards the rival’s premises. Simeone’s team did it trying to play fast towards the wings, but Gorosabel covered Carrasco very well, and on the right, Marcos Llorente found himself a difficult bone to crack with Monreal, a footballer already with a lot of shooting, one of those who they know them all. The colchoneros never found the way to get the ball to Luis Suárez, who passed on tiptoe until the play of the second goal.
The Real Sociedad played more on the inside, with the reappeared Silva as a beacon, but he ran into a wall when he received between the lines, since, in addition, his attempts to hook up with Mikel Merino did not prosper, because the Navarrese was imprecise in the first half . With that panorama, and despite the intensity that the two teams put on him, neither Oblak nor Remiro struggled.
David Silva’s quality led to an interesting action in the 18th minute, but when he tried to find a teammate, he ran into the athletic wall in front. Anoeta’s visitors had their clearest option from set pieces, in a corner that Marcos Llorente combed backwards and which Luis Suárez did not reach afterwards. A little baggage before the break.
But the matter changed shortly after the return of the intermission, when a foul in midfield was executed by Carrasco and was finished off by Mario Hermoso, head down, ahead of Zubeldia and stuck to the post, impossible for Remiro. Atlético de Madrid had an advantage on the scoreboard, a considerable difference in a match so close until then. Fears returned to Real, doubts about an inconvenience that could lengthen a negative streak that extends much more than what can be expected from a team as well structured as Imanol’s.
But sometimes the most solid walls crack due to a small calculation error, or because despite appearances, the mortar that keeps it standing is missing. La Real is still the same, but, with so many casualties, it makes bobbin lace to repeat the team from one week to the next. Silva returned against Atlético, but Oyarzabal and Januzaj, part of the realistic glue, were left out. So the Madrid team, with that advantage, felt very comfortable. In fact, there are few things that alter the red and white biorhythms this season. With the favorable score, Simeone’s group decided to take a step back, consolidated their control by entering Saúl for Correa, and then Kondogbia for Lemar, and sending Carrasco to run through his band, depopulated with realistic defenders, more interested in attack than defend.
The Belgian accelerated the mattress counterattacks. The second time the free band was found, a play began that would end at the feet of Luis Suárez in the small area. The Uruguayan protected with his body, crossed back and after Gorosabel slightly deflected the ball the ball fell straight to Marcos Llorente, who shot from the penalty spot to extend the visitor’s advantage and put Atlético more ahead.
Imanol tried everything from the bench, refreshed his team and sent him to the mattress area, but it is very difficult to overcome the leader, which is for something. He hit the rival field but did not make Oblak work except for a free-kick from Merquelanz, which the goalkeeper deflected to a corner. Point and end for the Real. Point and followed for the leader.
In Anoeta, Atlético de Madrid reaffirmed its principles on difficult terrain, extended the lead at the top and left Real Sociedad in a catatonic state. He has three consecutive defeats and nine winless games between the League and the Europa League.
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