Atlético Madrid – Sevilla: Lifeless Sevilla Leave It Late To Secure Champions League Football (1-1)

Though it was Luis Suárez’s last home match for Atlético Madrid, he would not be the Uruguayan to get on the scoresheet for the home side. José María Giménez grabbed the opener thirty minutes into the match, which allowed Atlético Madrid to sit in and defend their lead for the remainder of the game. Nearly everything went as planned for Diego Simeone’s side, though Sevilla managed to scrape an equalizer late on through Yousseff En-Nesyri after a set piece.
Tactical analysis and match report by Charlie Tuley

It has been a tough season for Atlético Madrid, given that they never really were in contention for the LaLiga title and they dropped out of the Champions League and the Copa del Rey much earlier than Diego Simeone would have hoped. They had secured Champions League football for next season earlier in the week, meaning that they had little to play for in their final two matches of the domestic campaign.

Regardless, Diego Simeone decided to field a full strength lineup in his side’s penultimate match of the season. Jan Oblak started the match in goal, with Marcos Llorente, Stefan Savić, José María Giménez, Reinildo Mandava, and Yannick Carrasco making up the back five ahead of him. Koke, Rodrigo De Paul, and Geoffrey Kondogbia made up the midfield of the 5-3-2 formation, with Luis Suárez and Antoine Griezmann as the two forwards. Before the match, it was announced that the match against Sevilla would be Suárez’s final match at the Wanda Metropolitano, with the players and fans hoping to give the club legend a proper sending off with three points . . .

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Charlie Tuley is a junior studying sport management at the University of Michigan. He currently works as a data analyst for the San Jose Earthquakes, and does freelance football analytics on Twitter under the name @analyticslaliga. [ View all posts ]

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