The Atletico Madrid showed the Man Utd that they have been better for a decade, that greatness is not measured in millions and that a team is more than a group of individuals. with a header from Renan Lodi and a block performance, those of the ‘cholos‘ eliminated the United on Old Trafford and will play the quarterfinals of the Champions League (0-1). Once a surprise; now reality.
Lodi’s goal was enough to expose the shortcomings of a poor, rickety team that only trusts Cristiano Ronaldo as medicine. That, against an Atlético that compensates for the lack of brilliance with intelligence, fight and block, was deadly. United were not great on a propitious night for it, because they ceased to be so long ago.
And that for many minutes he handcuffed Atlético, unable to make three passes in the center of the field, but his dominance ran into the head of Jan Oblak when Anthony Elanga He was already caressing the 1-0. A horizontal pass Bruno Fernandes that the Swede hunted at close range. He took the Slovenian out without knowing how, but he took it out. Atlético responded with a long-range shot from Rodrigo de Paul. A sniper bullet to the squad for you David De Gea will fly in it Theater of Dreams and leave its mark.
The game was equalized at times, with the permanent dominance of United and an emboldened Cristiano, plugged in, grown up against his great rival, but far from the area. The Portuguese he fell too wide, offered a lot of support, but was not where he was needed, in the ‘nine’ position. And without Cristiano’s fang, United is useless up top.
And behind is a pantomime. Always. Regardless of who plays. A single unstitching serves so that the entire rear goes to waste. He was brushed by those of Simeone with a disallowed goal joao felix for offside Mark Llorente and they got it as soon as they got back to the area. Unfold of Griezmann to the side, center to the second post and Lodi, free of the mark of Diogo Dalot, He finished unopposed.
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Atlético had a huge prize, but not a surprise. It was time to save the advantage, fasten a magical result in Old Trafford. The team took several steps back, which at another time could have been a sign of weakness, but against this United it was another weapon. If it is difficult for United as normal, against a closed team it is practically impossible. His options above were only reactivated in isolated plays. In a volley from Sancho very high, in a header from Varane that Oblak took out.
The rest were touches and touches without danger, until death came. Slow and painful. There was no thrust, just the passing of minutes and the desperation of a team that has wanted for a long time, but cannot. It will be Atlético who is in the quarterfinals, in this Friday’s draw, because it was better overall in the tie and because, for many years, the surprise in these games is that the winner is the ‘Red Devil‘. In the past, a great; Now just one more.
(With information from El Universal)