Atlético Madrid – Valencia CF: Atléti Lose Control Of The Game In An Attempt To Play For A Classic 1-0 Win (1-1)
Atlético Madrid created some half chances in the first half in an interesting looking scheme that benefitted from Valencia’s confused defense. After gaining the lead, Simeone asked his side to retreat, ultimately allowing Valencia to equalize through a Dani Parejo free kick.
Tactical analysis and match report by Om Arvind.
With seven goals in eight LaLiga games going into their encounter versus Valencia, Atlético Madrid were having their worst goal scoring start to a league campaign in the Simeone era. For reasons that have been repeatedly put forth by much of Between The Post’s LaLiga staff, this was unsurprising. Atlético have continually signed capable offensive players in the past – see: João Félix, Thomas Lemar, Gelson Martins, Kévin Gameiro, Antoine Griezmann etc. – but their “actions on the pitch (have) reflected very different intentions from those shown in the transfer market.”
Simeone has always chosen to re-center his game plan around a defensive ethos after failing to spark an offensive new age at the start of each season. That failure has a lot to do with his own faulty attacking tactics, as opposed to a lack of individual quality as Simeone may want to claim.
His instincts are solid – to break lines by accessing the center and halfspaces If you divide the field in five vertical lanes, the halfspaces are the lanes that are not on the wing and not in the center. Because there is no . . .