Joao Félix and Luis Suárez shoot Atlético and leave Alavés bottom

Matchday 30

The rojiblanco team sleeps third and arrives in Manchester full of energy, with the Uruguayan striker recovered for the cause but without Giménez

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Atlético did not fail against an erratic Alavés, who is already bottom, added his sixth consecutive league victory and went to bed third in the table, waiting for this Sunday's duel between Barça and Sevilla at the Camp Nou. The colchoneros started well, they received the punishment of a draw with half an hour to go due to their relaxation, but they woke up on time and ended up scoring. Joao Félix, who is still in a state of grace and has already scored six goals in the last six games, was decisive with his double, with his work and with his ability to overflow. And special mention for Luis Suárez, key with his two goals coming off the bench, and for the Brazilian Cunha, who revolutionized the mattresses after almost two months injured. He recovers the champion from the Uruguayan striker for the key events that are coming up but loses Giménez, who suffered his umpteenth muscle injury.

An emotional minute of silence with the mattress anthem in the background in memory of Carlos Simeone, father of Cholo who died last week, preluded a duel of mini-games. Atlético came out very well, fast and deep with the ball and intense without it, and overwhelmed a nervous and failed Alavés at the start. The suspended Koke and the injured Herrera weren't there, but the Atletico coach didn't reserve anything thinking about Tuesday's big European event at the Etihad Stadium. Game by game, it was time to try to beat an opponent who beat him in Mendizorroza to reaffirm the Champions zone.

Again, the placement of Lodi almost as a winger, a classic since Reinildo signed as a left-back in the winter, was a key argument. Another, the main one, the excellent form of Joao Félix, who has grown exponentially since Atlético hit rock bottom against Levante and Simeone firmly backed him as a striker. The Portuguese, a luxury substitute in his selection, soon unraveled the babazorros. Great center from Versaljko and impeccable header from 'Menino', surprisingly free of a brand to the indignation of Mendilibar. Before that goal, Lemar had one annulled for offside by Lodi, his assistant.

Relaxation, punishment and reaction

The game looked good, but until the break it went from break to break and I shot because it was my turn. An arm here, like the one that could cost Lodi a penalty, a foul over there and endless hits. Double change in each team after the break, in Atlético because Lodi and Lemar ended up touched and in Alavés because Duarte did not have good feelings either and Mendi had to do without the trivote and look for more mordant. Alavés entered much better and Atlético very contemplative, which as usual gave the initiative to the opponent to try to hit the opponent. Kondogbia lost a couple of balls, committed some unnecessary foul and brought the Vitorians closer to a draw.

Manu Vallejo improved the Basque team, who warned in a strategic action in which Lejeune took the shot from Laguardia. Llorente was able to secure the win, but his left-footed shot from the edge of the box missed the target. Immediately, Alavés tied. Relaxation of Rodrigo de Paul, great center, passivity of the center backs and a perfect header from Escalante. Luis Suárez was already on the pitch instead of Griezmann. And the Uruguayan took a masterful pass to Cunha, who had just come in for Llorente and was kicked in the shin by Lejeune. He theatricalized, but the penalty was converted by the former Barça player, who had not scored at Wanda since October 24. Sentenced Joao, who began the play with a control in the race and culminated it after Cunha failed in front of goal. And Suárez closed the win after a masterful pass from the Brazilian. City awaits. Almost nothing.

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