A hymn to attacking football by Diego Pablo Simeone from the lineup led to a review from Atlético to Valladolid. Simeone did not have vertigo to join Koke, Lemar, Griezmann, Llorente, Morata and Correa from the midfield forward. The daring formula was devastating. In half an hour the game was finished with the three goals that reflected the final score. A placid football afternoon for a team accustomed to suffering long and raw matches to chew. This time, at halftime, Atlético already had the three points in the bag. It is what you have to play attack when the opponent’s inferiority is manifest. Since the return of the World Cup, the Argentine coach seems willing to forget about sheltering more than necessary against rivals from whom his squad takes two or three lengths of quality. At least at home. He already did it against Elche, when he lined up Morata, João Félix and Griezmann together. The abundance of dynamite outlined a team with a good touch and punch that let its hair down and became a torrent of arrivals and goals that dismasted Pacheta’s team.
Oblak, Mario Hermoso, Witsel, Nahuel Molina, Reinildo Mandava, Koke (Saúl, min. 75), Correa, Lemar (Kondogbia, min. 59), Marcos Llorente (De Paul, min. 55), Griezmann (Carrasco, min. 55) and Morata (Depay, min. 75)
Masip, Javier Sánchez (Lucas Rosa, min. 68), Jawad El Yamiq, Luis Pérez (Iván Fresneda, min. 59), Olaza (Gonzalo Plata, min. 59), David Torres, Kike (Sergi Guardiola, min. 75) , Aguado, Óscar Plano, Sergio León (Roque Mesa, min. 74) and Weissman
goals 1-0 min. 18: Morata. 2-0 min. 23: Griezmann. 3-0 min. 27: Mario Beautiful.
Referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea
Yellow cards Reinildo Mandava (min. 36) and Kike (min. 37)
Griezmann established himself once again as the catalyst of attacking football and embellished his team’s game with as much subtlety as intelligence. Positioned as a false left winger, every time he occupied central spaces he was a torrent of inventiveness to put an end to the shooting that Valladolid had accepted gracefully and with good manners. He intervened in all three goals and confirmed that the stands already have him as their fetish player. After the reluctance that his return generated by the ways in which he plotted his departure to Barcelona, he has won over the fans in the only way he could. Far from becoming a tribune with easy gestures, his reconquest of the sentiment of the rojiblanca fans has been gestated with football and with an exclusive condition. He is the only world soccer star to run backwards. The same drags the ass to steal a ball that tempers a play in the center circle, which accelerates an attack in the last 30 meters. At the touch of him running from the spur to Morata in the first goal, he responded with a maneuver that did not detract from the fine pass he received. His cut put Javi Sánchez looking at the billboards before executing Masip looking for the wrong foot. Morata has already scored seven goals in the league, in addition to the work he gives his coach. He gives him a lot of mobility in attack and if behind him they generate football, his presence in the eleven should be unquestionable.
In roller mode, Atlético continued to pound down the right lane, where the improvement of Marcos Llorente advanced, and Correa’s unchecking and support also seemed to relieve Nahuel Molina of tension. He assisted Griezmann so that he could act as nine, pushing the ball at the near post. Actually, the French play elevenof tenof sevenof eight and even of three if necessary. The afternoon was rounded off with the thread on the side free kick that Hermoso headed first and then the central defender finished off after picking up Masip’s clearance. In half an hour, Atlético registered three goals. Since the 2017-18 season, against Las Palmas, he had not signed such a convincing first half against the opposite goal. With no game to play, Atlético did not slow down excessively in the remainder of the first half or in the second act.
If anything, the reduction in tension was in the luxury that Simeone could afford to make changes to reserve players for the cup derby on Thursday at the Bernabéu. Griezmann left with an ovation to make way for De Paul, who was unable to shake off the dislike of the stands. The way to reverse the situation has been shown by the partner he replaced. More worrisome was the replacement of Marcos Llorente with a view to the Cup. He left complaining of muscular discomfort.
With the duel lost, Valladolid at least had the pride of not wanting to be the victim of a win and of trying to score a goal. With the game already in the running, Óscar Plano demanded Oblak, shortly after a shot from Correa traveled spit from post to post. There was also time for Memphis Depay to debut. He entered through Morata, with whom the competition is predicted. The stands welcomed him warmly, waiting for him to be able to adapt to Simeone’s script. Quality taught by leaking a ball to Carrasco to leave him alone against Masip. The Belgian was not correct in the definition and he could not overcome the Catalan goalkeeper either, who to close a game that was a morale kick to visit Madrid
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