Atlético Madrid – Athletic Club: Atlético come back miraculously in surprisingly high-scoring game between lackluster offenses (3-2)
An injured Diego Godín scored an injury time header to complete Atlético’s comeback against Athletic Club. Do not be fooled by the result of this game, neither of these teams had a well-defined offensive game, but at least advantage was taken of the few big chances at hand.
Atlético is a strange case to talk about. Diego Simeone is still struggling to leverage the most talented Atlético squad he has ever had and form a coherent offensive system. On the other hand, defense has mostly remained stable, but the team now presses less effectively and intensely than before. Furthermore, they are conceding higher quality shots close to goal, which have often forced keeper Jan Oblak to do the impossible. Despite all these issues, Atlético still seem like a second most credible candidate in a La Liga title race that has featured many underperforming top teams.
Speaking of underperformers. Despite some initially promising games, Eduardo Berizzo’s Athletic Club has struggled a lot in this initial third of the season. Berizzo's one-versus-one pressing system takes time to perfect and is physically exhausting. Athletic can usually execute this strategy well during first halves before running out of steam. This is a big reason why Athletic now have one of the five poorest defensive records in the league and sit just outside the relegation zone in . . .