Griezmann gives Atlético de Madrid a painful victory

In unpredictable added time, out of all logic, subdued as Atlético de Madrid had been almost the entire game and saved by Jan Oblak, Antoine Griezmann appeared in the final game of the game to take his team’s painful victory in minute 101, the winner of the Russian roulette played in the closing stages, with Mario Hermoso’s 1-0 in 91, Porto’s draw in 95, by a penalty committed by the central defender, the final apotheosis of ‘The Little Prince’.

Sentenced to the last half hour in every game, in a strategy more than controversial in the sport, for the 40 million Atlético must pay to Barcelona if he plays at least 45 minutes in 50 percent of the games available between the last and the current campaign , the French international proved to be as decisive as he has long been forgotten, to deliver a victory that no one in the Metropolitan had felt, and which concealed all the incessant doubts the rojiblanco team showed.

Until then, Oblak, in doubt all week from a severe bruise on his left thigh, had been the only certainty in the goalless draw, to nothing by the rojiblanco team, which the Madrid team went through until added time, until a ending that appeals to the epic and madness of a group that has been hard to understand for the past hour and a half of football.

In the recent routine of the rojiblanco team in recent times in the highest European tournament, the Metropolitan appears as a dark terrain for him; the approach of the rivals presupposes an unsolvable hieroglyph and the fiasco is latent in almost every set, to the point this Wednesday of defeat, first and of the draw, later, but winner in the thread when no one expected it.

In the 16th minute, Simeone called on Koke to spread his correction all the way down the right flank. Something wasn’t right in the game for the coach, who first looked at the game from the pressure. Warned by the match a year ago on the same podium against Porto, by how the Portuguese team then suppressed the rojiblanco block in each of its lines, the coach protected himself when the ball came out.

The slogan was visible from minute 1. Jan Oblak was never short, if in doubt since Saturday due to a serious bruise on the left thigh and from Wednesday next. He kicked every serve up from his goal. At the slightest attempt to play it from below, Porto positioned themselves in higher parts of the field. An announcement. He then placed Joao Félix in a starting area on the left that worked for him for a while. Three plays. Ten minutes. At the beginning.

As soon as his opponent noticed, he immediately diminished the animosity, speed and talent of the ‘Menino de Ouro’, with the effect on the whole team, which took on an insignificant feeling in his attack, without a midfield tooth to push forward. , no mixing, no precision and no overflow. Without Joao little or nothing happens. His turn is the only determinant his team proposes today. With him the rival, even at long intervals, perceives the restlessness to the same degree that the rojiblanco team feels powerful.

There, at the beginning of the course, Yannick Carrasco is discussed, whose unbalanced tempo changes are sporadic these days (he was replaced by Lemar at half time). And he exposes a predictable midfield, without Koke Resurrection losing a position that diminishes his foresight; without Marcos Llorente being the one he was two seasons ago in his reunion with the right and without Saúl being the solution, as his best qualities of finishing and strength are hardly seen in the area. Neither did Geoffrey Kondogbia or De Paul, who started on the bench. It seems to be Axel Witsel, but he is so crucial as a centre-back that he hasn’t moved him to midfield yet.

But even above that, the obvious – and recurring – problem is that it suffers in the right lane. Since Trippier’s departure, Simeone has not found anyone in that position so expressive. Marcos Llorente is not, as it is not his delineation and he contributes more from other places, but it also doesn’t seem remotely like – with three matches already played – Simeone’s priority choice in the market for Nahuel Molina. He has just arrived and has a long way to go to be – or appear – what is expected of him. Neither on offense – imprecise, without confidence, without daring – nor on defense, surpassed by his opponents. It was discovered by Porto, who dived into the wound whenever they could, with the one Galen sought and won a few times. He was replaced at halftime by De Paul.

What’s more, moment by moment, meter by meter, over a quarter of an hour, the Portuguese team was much clearer about what they were playing than Atlético. Without Oblak, attentive to Evanilson, it would have been worse. Or if Taremi had found a finisher after the detour he made to Giménez, also below the height he’s had in other times at the center of the defense of Simeone’s plan.

At halftime you could already feel some anger from the fans. As both teams entered the path of the locker room tunnel, whatever the perspective, the vision was unequivocally in the same direction that the Portuguese team had won the match, with no fanfare, with hardly any chances, some because Axel Witsel read the time to intervene . From minute 10 to the break, Atlético was an indeterminate group, not quite sure what they want.

Rojiblanco’s side had only shot on target once in the entire first half, via Koke, who was also the first to shoot into the opposite frame in the second half: a poor clearance from Porto released the ball on the edge of the area, the captain placed his right foot with every advantage to put him in the net, just off the post, out of reach for Diogo Costa, but invalid as earlier, at the start, De Paul started from a clear offside position.

Simeone whimpered on the bench, who shook his squad with the aforementioned additions of De Paul and Lemar and who sighed as Jan Oblak flew to block Uribe’s menacing shot. The Slovenian goalkeeper and the serious bruise he sustained on Saturday passed the test with flying colors, with one last piece hiding the bad look he had long had for Atlético, entrusted to an individuality (he brought in Antoine Griezmann, again half an hour from the conclusion so that it does not count towards the 40 million that Atlético would have to pay to Barcelona) … Or to a mistake by his opponent.

Uribe’s right hand went off again, triggering the alarm that went off when Oblak denied the goal to Joao Mario in a frank, lonely volley, exposing the entire defensive structure of Atlético, which was no longer intuitive nor expected by the other. area, in a desperate fight against the absence of Álvaro Morata, who in the 67th minute he played no ball for the shot, changed by Mario Hermoso, a central defender, to move the puzzle for the offensive (or defensive ) end.

That substitution already sounded strange to the audience, especially the following: Joao Félix’s substitution for Ángel Correa, with loud and unequivocal fury for Simeone’s substitution, twenty minutes ahead of a game that Atlético never seemed to win, he had not previously lost to Oblak, he played in numerical superiority to a clumsy Taremi, was sent off to jump in the 82nd minute and who suddenly won to start the Champions League with victory four years later.

Source: El heraldo