The defeat in Eibar is so painful that it is hard to put on makeup and the bad season of Atlético. There are no excuses for a Cholo team that goes off with an empty football, without ideas, without a goal and even without the famous intensity that only appears in arreones as in the Super Cup against Barça or Madrid. The disturbing thing is not that at this point the Atleti is again the worst in scoring in the eight years of Simeone (only 35 points in twenty days), but that the illusion is being lost and … Joao Felix, who also goes out lost in the rigid maze of his coach. And this is a serious, very serious sin.
A child without trust
The Cholo changed Joao again in the end, although in the second half he tried to pull the little offensive car of a team in general without combinatorial creation. His model of hints against Portuguese is not helping him, quite the opposite. Of course, the player must also overcome the lack of confidence that he demonstrates now and that he must gain character, but the reality is that he has lost finesse with the ball, speed and goal: he has only two and that is a poor balance for his talent. Joao was not one of the worst in Eibar, he shows Prussian discipline by retreating in defense occupying his tactical space in the invariable 4-4-2 of the team, but for that 127 million euros were not invested.
Saul, the finger on the sore
Saul’s self-criticism after the defeat was devastating: «We won all the second moves and so you can not attack. We are wrong to be so vertical, perhaps we should make more diagonal … ». The miracle can only be expected against Liverpool because either this changes or even Cavani (if he arrives) can fix the disaster.