Atleti's aim is twisted

Accumulate two games in a row without scoring. With Suárez less successful, they have scored five goals in the last seven games, an insufficient average.


Attletico has turned off the tap in the final meters. If his big leap of the course was the scoring ability he was showing from day one, in the last few days getting to score is quite an odyssey. Without Suárez at that point of effectiveness a little over a month ago, Atlético have been left without scoring in the last two games, where the sensations were opposite.Before Getafe, the end of the game was a siege, with a stick from Suárez, two occasions from Dembélé, a goal disallowed for João Félix ... but without a prize, something that cost two very valuable points with Barcelona and Madrid getting closer and closer in the chase for leadership. But against Chelsea the chances were practically nil. João Félix, with three of the team's four shots on goal, was the only one capable of disturbing Mendy the night, and he will not be against Alavés due to suspension.

Looking back, in the last seven games only five goals have been scored, leaving zero on four occasions. Levante (0-2), Chelsea in the first leg (0-1) and in the second leg (2-0) and Getafe (0-0). In between, two goals came to Villarreal (0-2), one in the derby against Real Madrid (1-1), where despite the many occasions to close the game, the white tie ended up in the 89th minute, and another two against Athletic to turn the game around (2-1) .

Luis Suárez is, at 34 years old, LaLiga's second top scorer with 18 goals. But he has been playing everything, and physically he feels less fresh than in other moments of the course. He has practically not had a respite, and at the same time that the decrease in the offensive production of the team was consummated, the options of rotating to his point were closed to Simeone, since the scoreboard was always on the razor's edge (against Celta also the tie was conceded in the 89th minute despite the Uruguayan's double). Suárez's data is clear: he has scored two goals in the last nine games when he had scored eleven in the previous nine.

And the '9' needs collaboration beyond Llorente and João Félix, both with ten goals in all competitions. The next scorer is Correa with four goals and Carrasco with three. Thus, in the last month, Atlético has gone from averaging more than two goals per game to less than one. For this, the casualties during the accumulation of coronavirus cases and the decrease in play between lines and the production of balls in advantage to the area have had a lot of influence. In the opposite direction, facing their own goal, Atlético have conceded in eleven of the last thirteen games.

The forcefulness in the areas that Simeone makes so much reference to and that Atlético has to recover to become a solid leader again. Alavés, just before the international break, is the next test to begin to remove the blockade and return to see the big rival goal and the small one as during the entire first round. Now without the Champions League in between, all the tricks go through LaLiga, eleven games ahead, four points ahead and the need to regain scoring efficiency.

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