After the draw on the last day against Celta, the hopes of the persecuted Atletico league players were rekindled at the prospect of Simeone’s first run of poor results. Nothing is further from reality. The Athletic resumed the course of victory in grenade, although he again conceded a goal for the fifth straight game and although he was tied against a brave Granada with a quarter of an hour from the end.
Simeone’s team displayed a propensity for combinatorial play unbecoming of their fame, with many spectator-pleasing minutes and a hopeful offensive ambition. But the façade of the building cannot look without a solid foundation, and the pillar on which Atlético stands continues to be the defense.
Granada hoped to make the game long, punished by casualties and, albeit unconsciously, with a part of the head already on the European tie against Naples which starts on Thursday. He got it during the first half, although the chances were already rojiblancas and the game tended to win away.
Attacks and goals
The second period began with a shot of Luis Suarez to the crossbar, but the return to the defensive line of four members allowed a growth of Granada that led to an exchange of blows in which Atlético had more spaces than in the entire first half.
A splendid Luis Suárez had more chances, but the goal came shortly after game time thanks to Marcos Llorente. The old midfielder who did not find his place in Zidane’s Madrid has become a decisive attacker for Atlético de un Simeone who moves him from position to position, but never dispenses with Madrid.
Granada had not kicked on goal in more than an hour of the game, but barely let a few moments pass before tying the game with a shot from Yangel Herrera deflected. The ghosts then reached the rojiblanco collective imagination, again unable to leave a clean sheet and faced with the need to score another goal.
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ATLÉTICO DE MADRID 2
Grenade: Rui Silva (7); Foulquier (5), Domingos Duarte (6), Germán (5), Vallejo (6), Carlos Neva (6); Kenedy (7), Montoro (5), Yan Eteki (4), Machís (6); Jorge Molina (5). Technical: Diego Martínez (6). Changes: Herrera (7) by Yan Eteki (m. 57), Puertas (6) by Kenedy (m. 68), Gonalons (5) by Montoro (m. 68), Soro (6) by Machís (m. 78), Quina (6) by Foulquier (m. 78).
Athletic: Oblak (5); Savic (6), Felipe (5), Hermoso (6); Llorente (7), Kondogbia (7), Koke (7), Saúl (4); Carrasco (5); Luis Suárez (8), Correa (7). Technical: Diego Simeone (7). Changes: Vrsaljko (6) from Kondogbia (m. 45).
Goals: 0-1 (m. 63) Llorente. 1-1 (m. 65) Yangel Herrera, 1-2 (m. 74) Correa.
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