09/25/2021 at 4:02 PM CEST
The champion does not finish carbureting. It seems that he likes to see himself from behind on the scoreboard. It happened with Villarreal, Espanyol and today again with Alavés. In their predecessors, they managed to get a draw and a victory. Today the defeat fell in Mendizorroza. And that was the game that had the most minutes to turn the tortilla. The Cholo team added the first defeat of the season with the same game deficiencies. The results plugged several holes.
Pachecho; Ximo Navarro, Laguardia, Miazga, Duarte (Alberto 79 ‘); Aguirregabiria, Moya (Pina 79 ‘), Loum, Rioja (Saúl 87’); De la Fuente (Pellistri 61 ‘), Sylla (Joselu 61’).
Oblak; Savic, Felipe, Hermoso (Herrera 62 ‘); Kondogbia (Cunha 59 ‘); Trippier (Correa 59 ‘), Llorente (Vrsaljko 74’), De Paul, Carrasco (Lodi 59 ‘); Suarez, Griezmann.
Mateu Lahoz (Valencian). TA: Sylla (31 ‘), Loum (35’) / Savic (17 ‘), Tripper (53’), Kondogbia (55 ‘).
The bottom of the league, right now he is not, entered the game well and surprised the mattresses after four minutes of the game. A lousy corner defended by Savic ended with a Laguardia header who celebrated it with rage. The captain knew the importance of that goal.
Atlético took the reins but Alavés didn’t care. Of course, sterile possession, with practically no scoring chances. Griezmann continued showing his most Barça version and was not quite decisive. The most active player, Marcos Llorente, that half an hour into the game had the clearest shot that left near Pacheco’s goal.
The offensive ‘click’ was made by the Cholo team after the holiday. They left with one more march, aware that this stumbling block was not on the roadmap. Correa’s entry was another small boost. The Argentine was the first to test a Pacheco who took a providential foot to avoid the tie.
Laguardia, who had already been decisive with the goal in the first half, was even more decisive taking the goal on the same line. A center from Rodrigo de Paul who bounced two, three and four times inside the area without anyone touching it. The blue-white captain saw the trajectory and lunged quickly to prevent the leather from entering.
Simeone put all the meat on the grill and it was then that Alavés could finish the game. First Moya got nervous when he faced Oblak and his back pass was meaningless. Worse was Tomás Pina’s shot with ten minutes to go. Solo, at the penalty spot, sent the leather over the crossbar. Hands at the head of half Mendizorroza.
Fortunately for Calleja, no one had to regret those failures. This time Atlético did not know how to tie the game or in injury time, where they were also subscribed to score. It was not the day of Atlético de Madrid.