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Simeone: “We must increase the aggressiveness in the areas” | sports

Oblak can’t stop Nico Williams’ shot.ALBERT GEA (REUTERS)

When the referee signaled the final whistle, the Athletic players jumped for joy (or off the bench as if they had a spring) to gather all in the central circle, happy to uncork the joy because they do not have as many chances to fight for a laurel, for more that they are the current champions of the tournament. A few meters from them the Atlético footballers walked almost in single file, all with their heads down and their steps regretful, hardly willing to discuss the team’s indolence in the areas. Especially in his, where he gets a tremendous shaking.



Oblak, Mario Hermoso, Vrsaljko, Giménez, Lemar (Matheus Cunha, min. 84), Koke (Héctor Herrera, min. 83), Kondogbia (De Paul, min. 50), Marcos Llorente (Renan Augusto, min. 45), Carrasco, João Félix and Correa (Luis Suárez, min. 70)



Unai Simón, Íñigo Martínez, De Marcos, Balenziaga (Yuri, min. 74), Yeray, Oier Zarraga (Vesga, min. 69), Dani García, Berenguer (Nico Williams, min. 69), Muniain, O. Sancet (Raúl García, min. 69) and Williams

Goals 1-0 min. 61: Unai Simón (pp). 1-1 min. 76: Yeray. 1-2 min. 80: Nico Williams.

Referee Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez

Yellow cards Íñigo Martínez (min. 82), Vesga (min. 89), Williams (min. 90) and Vrsaljko (min. 90)

Red cards Gimenez (min. 93)

“The team doesn’t have defensive strength or passing game. It takes away the possibility of being higher in the League or of continuing in this competition. Two corners and two goals ”, Simeone complained bitterly. “It is difficult to explain. Two set pieces and we’ve already conceded a lot, ”Oblak lamented at the end of the game, upset that he had made sensational saves during the game to keep Atlético on its feet. But not even with those. “Each defeat is very hard, this time more because we wanted the Super Cup and we have not done enough. Although words are worth nothing and until we change it there is no use talking. It’s a tough moment ”, added the meta.

It happens that Atlético has been watering for a long time because they have only won six of their last 18 games, far from having the defensive reliability that characterized them so much, since this season they have already conceded 24 goals against in the League – one less than in all of the previous year — and Oblak for only half of the shots he receives.

Although the defeat against Athletic had little to do with the goalkeeper. “Personally, I look good, but what we want is to resolve the goals conceded because many come because of our mistakes and not because of the other team’s merit,” said Oblak; “You have to find the answer to this problem because otherwise it will be difficult until the end of the season.” This is how Simeone sees it: “We seek to improve and we need to improve. It is clear that we have to increase the aggressiveness in the areas ”.

More than anything because the team does not work in the vicinity of the rival goal either, with Suárez dry in the last ten games. Although it was, in any case, the only claim in the stands at King Fahad International Stadium. “Suárez, Suárez, Suárez!” Was heard before the match began in the stands. “Oeeeeee! ”, The Saudi fans were later encouraged when they said his name when reading the list of substitutes from the public address system. And they even got up from their seats when the Uruguayan saluted before heading through the changing room tunnel in the intermission. But the best was when he came in with 20 minutes to go, everyone clapping wildly.

Although little more the vomitories were exhilarated, no matter how hard Óskar Redondo, the phenomenal speaker hired by the federation for the competition. It turns out that the revelry, fanfare and passion that occurred in the classic one night before was drastically blurred in the second semifinal of the Super Cup, punishment to the Federation – and by extension to the teams – for exporting the trophy. Neither did the prince nor the king of the country repeat an appearance. So passion turned into curiosity, because not more than 10,000 people gathered to see Atlético-Athletic when Barcelona-Madrid blatantly exceeded the 30,000 fans allowed as determined by health competitions as a measure against covid.

A decaffeinated game in the stands that, however, took on color on the grass because Athletic explained to Atlético how to play in the areas. And that the Atlético goal also came after a corner. “But losing to set pieces gives me a lot more anger,” Simeone closed.

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Cammile Bussière

One of the most important things for me as a press writer is the technical news that changes our world day by day, so I write in this area of technology across many sites and I am.

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