Tag: Atlético Madrid

Real Madrid needed penalty kicks to decide a close game where both teams could not break down the opponent. In the first half, Atlético’s pressing game dominated, yet Real’s defense did not allow them to turn that control into shots. In the second half, substitutions caused the game to be played at a faster pace, […]

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Barcelona dominated for seventy minutes, until, when nobody expected it, Diego Simeone made the decisive adjustments to change his team’s fate. Valverde could not react, as the defensive line was stretched for the final blow. Tactical analysis and match report by Kareem Bianchi.  The last time these two teams met, Lionel Messi’s brilliance had bailed […]

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Betis Rubi tactics

In classic Atlético Madrid fashion, Diego Simeone’s tactics frustrated Real Betis, who had all the control of the possession. The hosts were not able to create chances, thanks to all eleven Atlético players defending in compact fashion behind the ball, before making poor mistakes in their buildup play cost them the result. Tactical analysis and […]

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In the first half, Villarreal’s attacking flair produced shot after shot against a patient Atlético, who produced fewer but higher quality chances. In the second half, both teams continued to trade punches, with João Félix leading the Atlético offense while Samu Chukwueze and Zambo Anguissa lead Villarreal’s attempts. Tactical analysis and match report by José […]

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Tactical analysis Atlético Madrid Barcelona 0-1 LaLiga

During the first half, Atlético’s medium block and pressing trap approach dominated Barcelona, reducing them to a single shot in thirty minutes. With a small tweak in midfield and an adjustment to Messi’s position, Barcelona started overcoming the Atlético block. In the second half, an increasingly tired Atlético conceded counterattack opportunities that ultimately led to […]

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Tactical analysis Juventus Atletico Madrid 1-0 Champions League

Juventus and Atlético Madrid each clearly dominated one half, but also displayed their repeated issues to convert dominance into chances. Eventually, Juventus edged the game with a Paulo Dybala free kick rocket, securing the group’s top spot and showing a positive response – at least results-wise – to the questions raised after recent struggles. Tactical […]

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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 […]

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Atletico tactics Simeone

In an old-school duel of two teams trading long passes, Atlético’s domination of second balls and their superior talent allowed them to create the better shots, which ultimately turned into goals. In the second half, Athletic were unable to change the game state through substitutions, conceding more spaces on the counter for Atlético to exploit. […]

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Tactical analysis Atlético Madrid Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Champions League

Atlético Madrid’s stubborn defensive shape frustrated Bayer Leverkusen all evening, as the guests were unable to progress through their buildup play, or establish the lengthy spells of possession they have become accustomed to in the Bundesliga. The staccato nature of the match served Atlético well, as they hunkered down and found a winner through second-half […]

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Tactical analysis Atlético Madrid Valencia 1-1 LaLiga

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 […]

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