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Atletico-Sevilla: Griezmann slipped, Simeone had a fine nose... the tops and the flops


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Atletico-Sevilla: Griezmann slipped, Simeone had a fine nose... the tops and the flops


Fatigue management, disappointing performance from attackers or inspiration from genius? Regardless, “el Cholo Simeone” made the strong choice to leave the Morata – Griezmann duo, although so prolific this season, to bring in Memphis Depay and Correa. It is clear that what followed proved him right. Blocked against an Andalusian defense cornered in its area, Angel Correa plays Marcao before serving Depay in the right place, at the right time. The only goal of the evening was no less scored by the former Lyon player than by the Argentinian tactician.

Present in the vast majority of Madrid's actions, Rodrigo De Paul was the driving force behind Atleti. 1st in number of chances created, 1st in passes in the opposing final third, 1st in duels, 1st in recoveries, the world champion was everywhere this evening. Whether it was the ball or his passes, all the Colchoneros' actions went through him, and when this was not the case, he systematically recovered a fault. Some players are made to put on a team's jersey, and De Paul is definitely a Rojiblanco par excellence.


Either he hadn't put on the right crampons, or it wasn't his day, but tonight, Griezmann didn't have the level he's shown us in recent weeks. No doubt tired of the long overtime against Real Madrid (in the Super Cup and Copa del Rey), 'Grizou' fell when taking the penalty to open the score, sending the ball over Nyland's bar. This slip could have cost Atletico dearly, especially since it was not the only one in their party. Exited in the 66th minute of play, Antoine Griezmann undoubtedly needs a little rest, after having amazed the football world on numerous occasions this season. Fortunately, this mistake has no consequences.

He wanted to play it as if he was still the captain of Real in the 2010s. But at almost 38 years old, there are things that Sergio Ramos can no longer afford. Even if he did not deliver a disastrous game, the 2010 world champion played on both sides, sometimes forgetting his role as defender. He could have been right if he had equalized from a corner, but at the end of the match, the veteran seemed overwhelmed by the intensity offered by a Memphis Depay fresh off the bench. He even opened the door for the Dutchman on his goal, turning around and letting Correa's cross pass to the near post. At his age, Ramos should perhaps focus more on defensive tasks before wanting to attack the opposing camp.

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