Atlético's problem today was concentration. Miranda is on fault for all three goals with his individual errors and you simply can't give away goals in this fashion if you want to get something from the game. Valencia took all three opportunities and I personally think Moyŕ could've done a lot better on the second goal even if it's a 1-on-1. Also has to be a lot clearer in the communication with Miranda on the opening goal.
The team actually played well for large periods during the game today, unfortunately people won't see that because of the result. Valencia weren't superior in terms of intensity by any stretch of the imagination, apart from the six minutes where Atlético made three individual mistakes which cost the team. Both teams were pretty equal in this deparment through out the game but they caught Atleti sleeping for six minutes and that was the big difference. Griezmann was one of Atlético's best players alongside Arda, Koke and Tiago today. Simeone obviously tried to change things and the team lost it's combination play. It was either taking away the combination play or taking off Mandžukić who had scored and who Simeone also took away the penalty from and gave it to Siqueira. Siqueira btw have missed two penalties in his whole career, both for Atleti.
I personally think Simeone made a mistake taking off Griezmann, Arda and Tiago, three of our four best players on the day, to replace them with players with different characteristics. I don't think it was too late to react even after the 70th minute had these three been on the pitch. The team was rather lacking overlapping runs from Jesús Gámez on the right, runs in behind Valencia's defence from Mandžukić (who has to start working on that part of his game) and perhaps individual ability to beat your own man 1-on-1. We only got one of these things today: Cerci, who himself got sent off.
I've said it before: there'll be flaws on the level of consistency during the first part of the season as long as the new players don't settle into Atlético's system of play. This felt like the Osasuna-loss (3-0) last year and I had a feeling it'd happen before the game. This time though, the team played a lot better, a lot longer.
It is what it is though. Valencia won and football is about winning. Just a shame the guys threw it away like this.
Griezmann is doing well almost every time he goes out on the pitch, the issue is rather that he has to have someone who can run for him as well in order to get the best out of him because that's when the opposing defence will be asked a lot more questions. Mandžukić isn't doing that.
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