By contrast, the sense of permanence floated in the Metropolitan environment. The tribute to Gabi, the captain par excellence of the Simeone era, on the one hand. On the other, the attempt to escape Lucas to Bayern at a time of the season that halves the club's sporting project the year that hosts the final of the Champions League in its stadium. The identity on the grass, above the game, gave Atlético a victory that will allow them to return from the Christmas break in the heat of the fight for the League title. He has achieved with a game discussed, but ends the year uploaded to the hump of Barcelona. The Simeone team has raffled off a plague of injuries and low form moments from several of its key players. To these setbacks has survived and has been installed in the top of the table in this first third of the course because the quality of the designed campus gives you to win many games and because if you do not appear football, it does not disappear its competitive nature. Playing, played little Atlético, in its line this season, but pocketed three points that held high for its importance to keep the flame alive. The team of Simeone squandered a good Espanyol with one of those games in which it produces little, but the little that gestates is a stab to the contrary. This time it was a penalty born of a din in which Barn reported that was not in their habitat. In his attempt to clear, the kick was taken by Koke's knee. Griezmann blew up the pitch and Atlético put on his classic Italian suit.
Espanyol, who had gone to rest with the feeling of having been better and letting Athletic escape alive, found the goal at the start of the second half and could not with that granitic version of his opponent. In the first act, once the revolutionary exit of the Simeone team was weathered, the match was his. He sent a lot and with Granero and Darder distributing play with criteria, with Rosales percutiendo by his lane and with Baptistao and Borja Iglesias as sharp bishops. The latter destroyed Savic in several actions for speed and skill. In one of them he threw a hat to the central Montenegrin and finished his career with a Vaseline that forced Oblak to one of his usual saving saves stretching backwards to be able to put the glove and take the ball over the crossbar. Soon, Iglesias himself nailed Savic in the area with an autopase that could not finish off with a powerful shot because Godín crossed. Subjected by a team that had lost six consecutive games, Oblak returned to hold the score to zero of his team with a flight to his left to reject a dry shot of Baptistao, who stamped on the stick the rebound. The only play that was able to spin the Atlético throughout the first part was born from a heel of Correa to Griezmann that this extended with a hard shot that rejected Diego Lopez.
Atletico tried to correct itself in the second half. He came back with a high voltage that stopped as soon as he got ahead on the scoreboard. It was time to put the most recognizable signs on the table. Defend the 1-0 and clench the teeth, with Simeone redoubling his role as emotional choreographer. Waving to the stands and implying it as an advocate of the result. Of that 1-0 so rooted to the era of Cholo. Atlético has little football, but there is plenty of identity. The one that the grandstand honored when Gabi made an appearance.