Sevilla – Atlético Madrid: Simeone’s Subs Change The Game, But Not Enough For Three Points (1-1)

Having gone a goal down and offering little going forward, Simeone’s double substitution at half-time paid off, but wasn’t enough for Atlético Madrid to get the three points at Sevilla. Both teams had momentum during the game but neither dominated, as VAR, penalties and a goalmouth scramble came into play and defined this cagey, tactical affair. 

Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker

Both Sevilla and Atlético Madrid would have hoped to have taken better advantage of Real Madrid and Barcelona stumbling their way through the opening stages of the league. Going into this match, these teams were placed third and fourth, in close proximity of Spain’s two behemoth clubs. 

Julen Lopetegui has established an effective pass-and-pressing unit in a 4-3-3 formation, with a key focus on the halfspace 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 touchline like on the wing, players have the freedom to go everywhere. But this zone often is not as well-defended as the very center. This makes it a very valuable offensive zone to play in and a lot of chances are created by passes or dribbles from the halfspace. in their buildup. The partnership between Jesús Navas and Lucas Ocampos on the right flank is pivotal to their progress forward. Sevilla have impressed, but their finishing has had a negative influence on their points tally. Lopetegui made four changes to the . . .

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