Sevilla FC – Atlético Madrid: Non, non, rien n’a changé (1-1)
It could have been worse, this game. Much worse. While Sevilla against Atlético could have been a battle to give the ball away to your opponent, the game developed into a battle between two teams who both had a dominant half. Both in their own style. Nice to watch.
Tactical analysis and match report by Guillaume Maebe.
Christmas vibes are still out there, so let’s start with some music trivia. What is the most famous single the even more famous French pop music band Les Poppys has created? You want a hint? Have a look at the score lines Sevilla produced in their last games of 2018 and compare them with the one against Atlético Madrid. 1-1, for the fourth time in their last five games now. Nothing has changed. Or as Les Poppys sang: Non, non, rien n’a changé.
Sevilla was the first game in 2019 LaLiga-lovers were really looking forward to. A direct battle between number three and number two of the ranking. The winner would most likely become the main contestant of FC Barcelona in the race to the title. Sevilla still missed Maxime Gonalons and Aleix Vidal due to injuries, while Simon Kjaer was not fit enough to start. Joris Gnagnon started in the meanwhile well-known three man defense of Pablo Machin.
Diego Simeone could not count on the injured Lucas Hernandez, Filipe Luis and Diego Costa. Thomas Lemar, however, was fit again. Juanfran and Thomas Partey were the surprises in the starting eleven. The first . . .