Atlético Madrid – Sevilla: Bad Approach By Caparrós Hands Atlético Control, Until Late Changes (1-1)

The Wanda Metropolitano in a celebratory mood saw Atlético de Madrid dominate a conservative but inefficient Sevilla side. By the hour mark, the hosts probably deserved to have the game won, but a surprise equalizer and a key tactical change by Joaquín Caparrós almost gave Sevilla FC a much needed win.

Tactical analysis and match report by Sérgio Sampaio.

Sevilla arrived in the capital on the back of a humiliating 0-3 home defeat to Leganés, but still very much in the race for the fourth Champions League spot. With Getafe having a tough trip to the Camp Nou, both Sevilla and Valencia could end the matchday in 4th place, a heavily disputed league position in Spain, a race that has been full of twists and turns. In Sevilla’s case an away win against Diego Simeone’s Atlético was needed to keep competing for that direct Champions League ticket the fourth place yields. Atlético, on the other hand, needed one point to secure their tenth subcampeonato (second place finish) in history. And arguably more important, this was the last game of Diego Godín in front of the colchonero home crowd.

At Between the Posts, we focus mostly on the tactical side of the game, but it would be criminal not to make an exception and dedicate a paragraph or two to the farewell of Atlético’s captain. Diego Godín goes straight to the restricted group of biggest legends of the club. He’s in the all time top 10 in most games played (387) ahead of . . .

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Sérgio Sampaio (30) is an amateur football analyst and author of the blog Segundo Volante (segundovolante.com). You can find him watching, and perhaps writing about, all kinds of football: more likely to watch an Europa League qualifier in the summer than friendlies, only to then complain about the quality of the game. He abandons reason when it comes to believing FC Famalicão will play European football in his lifetime. [ View all posts ]

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