On the back of the finesse and astuteness of Griezmann to define and the silk of Lemar, Atletico got rid of an uncomfortable Bruges. Somehow, Atlético slammed the memory of the Qarabag to add three points that already profile him as more than possible participant in the round of 16. The rojiblancos had to work the victory as their coach had anticipated, but there are times when they think that their decisions also have to do with these strenuous victories.
A Simeone gave to equal the system of Leko of three power stations and two lanes. He granted the alternative on the right to the Colombian Arias and sentenced Saul to the left corridor. In the middle of the defensive axis Giménez, Godín and Lucas. At times, Atlético felt a strange body in that suit that Cholo dusts off from time to time in his script. A drawing a priori to have superiority in the initial development and in the heart of the game. It is rare that being Godín the worst ball out has occupied the center, unless Simeone sought to protect him with the highest speed of his two escorts, in that mold that did not finish adjusting. The distance between the lines allowed the Brujas to give their 3,000 enthusiastic supporters the pride of playing in the opposite field and threaten the struggle of Wesley and his also Vlietinck and Groeneveld wingers.
In attack, Atlético was a team of spikes during the first act. Almost always reaching his best actions when the ball fell to Lemar. When it was not like that, scenes were lived that described the red-and-white confusion in the game. The continuous complaints of Diego Costa to Saúl, Koke and Griezmann claiming balls were very symptomatic. The only one who saw soccer clearly was Lemar. His was a remote control pass that broke two lines to leave Griezmann alone before Letica, which he beat with a school chop. The half body with which he departed from advantage in the unmarking invalidated the constructed work.
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It was also Lemar who put the ball that fell back to Griezmann, corner at the far post. This time his corso satin cross skirt was valid. It did good Letica, who did everything that a goalkeeper should not do in situations like that. He shrugged the stretched and threw himself late and badly. The basic manuals of the position say that these auctions must be stopped by throwing diagonally to cover more space. The goal improved little to Atletico, who on the edge of the break was fitted one of the goals of the day. A misilazo crossed with the right of Groeneveld from more back of the vertex of the area and close to the left band that surpassed Oblak to sneak near the square.
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Giménez's annoyances forced Simeone to naturalize the drawing. He put Filipe and set a 4-4-2 in which the team felt more comfortable and recognizable. He did not have soccer left over, but he improved. It was seen more to Arias, of post in the first time. It was worrying some of the sequences Koke left, slow and nervous in the execution of a clear ball in the area. In the first part the same thing happened to him in a conduction of a meridian counterattack. Maybe Simeone's attempt to revitalize him with minutes is overexposing him. At least, the rojiblanco coach did not decide to remove Lemar when he put Correa to try to shake the game. Substituted was Thomas. De Lemar also started the play with which Diego Costa gave the second goal to Griezmann after a race and a pass back. Of the effort, Costa broke.
With 2-1, Simeone got Rodrigo to replace the Spanish-Brazilian. Again, the boy showed again that Atlético is another with him on the court. As in the first part of the Bernabéu, a more calm and clean team with the ball emerged. The fans cheers every recovery and every pass, even if it's backwards. In his case those discharges that are not to the liking of his coach are almost always so that the team can advance in the next forward pass. As your technician likes.
With Rodrigo as coxswain, Atlético gave him two clear goalscoring plays for Correa and even to make rounds in order to sleep the game and keep it 2-1. You can also defend yourself with the ball and even close the match like Koke did, who will benefit from that goal psychically.