Simeone had no plan B or plan C in Pucela

With plan A, it should have surpassed the very close lines of Valladolid. Atlético was a flat team, the trident was not supplied with balls and Thomas lowered his exceptional performance.


Real Valladolid took a point playing Simeone. Al Cholo, meanwhile, did not work for Plan A, which should be to overcome the lines together and the permanent aids of Sergio's with a combinatorial football that he developed without mobility, but did not carry either a plan B or a plan C a Pucela and Atlético was a flat team, with a trident who was not supplied with balls and a Thomas who lowered his exceptional performance.

Simeone used two systems in the first half against Valladolid. A 1-4-4-2 (Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Giménez, Lodi; Koke, Thomas, Saúl, João Félix; Morata and Costa) in defensive phase with intensive withdrawal. And a 1-3-1-4-2 in the organized attack. With Oblak; Savic, Giménez, Saúl; Thomas; Trippier, Koke, João Félix; Morata and Costa. In such a way that Saul got into the third center, Thomas stayed as a middle center in another line and ahead Koke and João got inside, behind Costa and Morata, and at the same height Trippier and Lodi.

For the 1-4-4-2 that Sergio has in Real Valladolid, with very little distance between the lines, it was easy to counteract the organized attacks of Atlético because the rojiblancos suffered from mobility, did not perform offensive unfolding, did not create free spaces and were totally predictable. The incorporations of the sides were not surprising and the ball did not reach the interiors to link them with the tips. That way they didn't knock on the door once in that first part. And Valladolid, which was a photocopy of Atlético, defended comfortably and almost got ahead of a penalty that Sandro shot very high.

The reaction of Simeone in the second half was to advance lines and search with direct play and the incorporation of the sides by band the goal of Massip. Everything under the 1-4-4-2 system. The first change was in the 60th minute and Correa left for João Felix. Again he switched to Portuguese with a draw and it is already something usual. In 64 'Lemar entered by Koke. Another game in which the French went unnoticed. The change of the captain surprised how to get Morata out of the field by Herrera in the 71st minute when Diego Costa was swarming the field. That's how Atlético finished the match in Pucela: Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Giménez, Lodi; Saul, Herrera, Thomas, Lemar; Correa and Costa.

I was able to score Atlético with a volley shot from Correa to the post in the 80 ', the second time of the second half and the match with a Morata shot to Massip's face. Morata was the best of Atlético causing five cards in Valladolid with his courage and vigor. But the Cholo changed him. Atletico has five games without a goal, something remarkable. But again it seemed that Cholo was worth the draw. The extraordinary coach of Atlético continues with his pending subject: to provide his players with weapons to attack. You must prepare in training what to do when they have the ball to reach the rival goal. What they should do when they do not have possession of the ball has taught it.



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