Atlético 1x1: Llorente can't alone; Correa had the victory

The good start of the rojiblanco had no prize, fitting back into the first exchange. Correa missed an empty goal which could be the winning goal.


Oblak: Sixth consecutive game conceding. Levante hadn't come close to the area in the first 17 minutes, but Bardhi beat them heads-up after a poor start from Giménez. He wouldn't have to act again for the entire first half. Yes, he had to intervene in the second with problems to repel a powerful shot from Clerc from distance. Spectacular final stop to the new shot of the granota left side that in the end avoided defeat.

Savic: On the play of Bardhi's goal he came out with his pair to the midfield and could not go back to avoid the granota goal. As always, in charge of falling to the right wing first to cover Vrsaljko's back and in the second half that of Llorente, in a much more offensive position and closer to the rival field. He saw a yellow that prevents him from playing on Saturday against Levante himself.

Giménez: He returned to the eleven after missing the game in Granada due to discomfort. He tried to get ahead of Bardhi, who beat the position with his body and the play ended with the Macedonian goal after a two for one with De Frutos. He was not comfortable, losing position on many occasions and perhaps a little slower after the physical problems he has suffered in recent days. The game ended better than it started.

Hermoso: Again the person in charge of starting the game from behind. When Levante took the lead, Carrasco went up the lines and practically played as a left-back, pushing hard in the rival field to steal very high. He tried to break lines with his passes, trying to find Correa, João Félix and Llorente directly in the midfielder area, but he was not particularly lucky.

Vrsaljko: He returned to the eleven to play as a right wing as he had done in the second half in Granada. He started out very participative, trying to generate danger with his climbs and looking for Suárez's head with his centers. He did not cover the play of Bardhi's goal, when Giménez and Savic were out of place. He left substituted at half-time.

Carrasco: Left lane of departure. Ahead of Hermoso, he sought to give Atlético a bite from the band, facing whenever he could, although Levante tried to close him with two players forcing him to look for the pass behind. This week he had been working on the sidelines at the end of the most physically burdened training sessions and left the field at game time.

Koke: The captain played from the start as the only pivot, very active in the recovery in rival field. With the entry of Kondogbia he was able to deploy closer to the rival area. He started well, although with the passing of the minutes it was difficult for him to have continuity in the game, without being able to impose his rhythm and leaving several improper losses, perhaps with a point of exhaustion due to the number of minutes. Simeone replaced him looking for new blood with Torreira.

Llorente: Add it up and go on. Another goal with a shot from outside the area that touched a Levante defender changing direction. He would go back to look for the goal with another distant shot that forced Aitor to intervene. It takes the whole season to an exalted level. He was able to start the game in the middle with freedom of movement to fall to the right wing and uncheck with his diagonals, where he feels more comfortable. With the entry of Kondogbia by Vrsaljko he had to return to practice as a lane, a position where he suffers and prevents him from showing his high level in attack, although he also tries to contribute by overflowing and centering. He ended up completely exhausted and flogged.

Saúl: This time he started starting from the center of the field ahead of Koke. On certain occasions, he gets stuck in the control one touch too much, which prevents him from giving the speed to the play he wants. Very good play with Suárez that ended on the great occasion marred by Correa. During a stretch of the game he went to the left lane, but would end up again near the rival area. He saw a yellow that will prevent him from playing on Saturday against Levante itself.

Correa: A lot of mobility in attack, with total freedom to appear falling on the wing or behind Suárez. He did not specify a play where he only had to push Aitor's rejection after Suárez's great shot. In the small area, without a goalkeeper, he shot from above when it seemed more difficult to miss than to score. A failure that perhaps stuck in his memory, because it stopped appearing continuously.

Luis Suárez: Any ball that falls into the area creates danger. A spectacular ability to finish in acrobatic positions. He tested Aitor over and over again, although the goalkeeper came out the winner with great interventions. In one of them the rebound fell to Correa, but the Argentine was not able to define when he had everything. The games are getting long after not having any rest in the last dates. Second game in a row without scoring.

Kondogbia changed the formation

Kondogbia: Entered at halftime for Vrsaljko to tweak the team's tactical positioning, playing as a pivot and moving Llorente to the right lane. As soon as he entered, he saw a yellow that did not prevent him from being very active in recovering the ball. Good role in that role, I work on the robbery and exit.

João Félix: He had half an hour after overcoming the coronavirus. It cost him a lot to appear in the game, although in the last minutes he left some good sending to the hole. You have to participate more and get back in shape. Not once had he trained with the group.

Vitolo: He came back to playing a long time later. He had the last ten minutes as left winger, moving Saúl to midfield. It could not generate overflow or be determinative.

Torreira: He occupied the double pivot with Kondogbia in the last ten minutes. He tried to give strength to a team that had been losing steam as the minutes passed.

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