The important thing here is that Atlético ended up winning and getting a good result on top of everything.
Gabi played really well through out the game and is our only creative outlet when he's on the ball, his ball movement is very good at times even though he's rarely under pressure from Vitória's players. This is something he's improved a lot over the past four years at Real Zaragoza and hence why he was so vital to their game. The fullbacks were excellent all night long; put up good pressure defensively, didn't have any problems defending and went forward every single time they had the chance. They're absolutely essential in a 4-3-3 and both could've had a goal if they were a bit more lucky, especially Sílvio who also shoots with both feet. I've always thought it's important to be two-footed and he showed why when he fired off that shot in the first half.
He might not have looked great but Adrián is again involved in both of our goals. The guy is a hard worker despite not having much of a end product individually and well done to him, he worked the channels really well in the second half. Elías was brilliant when he came on, could've easily had a hattrick if was a bit luckier and Nilson wasn't in the way. If we sign a ball playing midfielder, then we could easily be playing with Elías on the tip of that midfield three because he's practically arriving as a striker, much like Khedira does with the German NT, though Elías does it even less announced. Juanfran deserves credit for making that excellent through pass to Adrián on the second goal btw, very similar to the one he made for Diego Costa in Pamplona last season.
Tiago worked well and I wonder how many ball wins he had tonight while the CB-pairing didn't have much problems. Mario's passing isn't good enough in my opinion, I'd play Tiago in that position and Koke a bit further up the pitch or Koke in the DM-position, I know he can play it..but only when Tiago isn't available.
..and finally, Joel did fine in everything minus the aerial game. He has to know when he needs to come out and when to stay in goal, more determination as well. Reyes was very hot and cold tonight, mostly poor though.
Originally Posted by Andrix
zoric man, do you have like 5 screens in your room streaming 7 channels while simultaneously following 10 livescore websites?
Originally Posted by BoRiS_ThE_BuLLetDoDgeR