Atlético Madrid – SD Eibar: Simeone’s Changes Prove Decisive As Atlético Come Back to Beat Eibar (3-2)
Uncharacteristically poor penalty box defending from Atlético left them 2-0 down within twenty minutes. It took Atlético a while to finally break through the Eibar defense as their game relied somewhat on directness, even though they often created the structures for more intricate play. Diego Simeone made changes in the second half, including the introduction of Vitolo and Thomas Partey, both of whom repaid him with a goal each as Atlético completed the comeback to win 3-2.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
Atlético came into the game with two wins from two in LaLiga so far. This season’s Atlético is a new look one – they have lost key players such as Lucas Hernández, Rodrigo and Antoine Griezmann in big money sales, and long serving veterans such as Juanfran, Diego Godín and Filipe Luís also ended their time at the club.
They now look to rebuild with new talent, most notably with one of Europe’s top young players, João Félix, being central to their plans. He was one of five new signings in the starting lineup for this game against Eibar. Three of these were in the defensive line, as Kieran Trippier, Mario Hermoso and Renan Lodi lined up in the back four alongside José Giménez. The other new signing, Marcos Llorente, lined up in central midfield alongside Koke and Saúl in a 4-3-1-2 formation for Atlético Madrid.
Meanwhile Eibar were without a win in their first two outings, securing their first point of . . .