Atlético Madrid – Real Sociedad: Atlético Cruise To Easy Win Over Impotent Sociedad (2-0)
Atlético Madrid controlled the game from beginning to end and relied on their defenders to make the difference up front. Real Sociedad tried to respond with counter-attacks and their own spells of possession on numerous occasions, but their weak attack consistently came up short against Atlético’s solid defensive structure.
Diego Simeone’s men hosted Real Sociedad off the back of a horror-show away to Dortmund in the Champions League. That game, while perhaps not indicative of a crisis, represented that all had not been well with Atlético to start the season. And yet, despite the fact that Diego Simeone had not managed to produce a strong offensive system all season, a win against Sociedad would see Atlético move to the top of the table ahead of Barcelona.
Consequently, Simeone looked to secure the victory by finally dropping the ancient Juanfran for the superior Santiago Arias, in addition to benching Thomas Lemar, Thomas Partey, and Filipe Luís. They were replaced by Ángel Correa, Rodri, and Stefan Savić (José Giménez likely would have started in place of Savić had he not been injured). They all lined up in Atlético’s classic 4-4-2 formation and Saúl Ñíguez, who had played as a central midfielder versus Dortmund, took up a wide left position.
If Atlético’s attack had been uninspiring coming into this game, Real Sociedad’s had been close to abysmal. As of October 8th, they were the third worst team in the league at creating chances from open play