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It’s not football, it’s La Liga

I liked Atlético de Madrid. With nuances, of course, but I say it before anything else, because of lowering the temperature. I remember that at


I liked Atlético de Madrid. With nuances, of course, but I say it before anything else, because of lowering the temperature. I remember that at university, to explain combustion, they told us about the fire triangle; a diagram that represented the three elements that are needed for this chemical reaction to take place: fuel, oxidant and heat. All three have to coexist at the same time. Without one of them, there is no fire. And I have remembered that this week, because we are in the fourth day of the League and it seems that Atleti have to constantly live in a sea of ​​flames. Something that neither helps to walk, nor does it seem to me that it makes any sense. There is little I can do to influence fuel and comburent, because it gives me that this is off limits to players, managers, coaches and results. What I can help with is reducing the temperature and relieving the heat. In reducing overexposure, trying to put perspective and not falling into the dialectical traps of the enemy front. Let’s see if i get it.

After a grotesque transfer window, Atleti went to the Reale Arena with the intention of focusing their ideas and establishing what they want to be as a team. That is to say, with intensity in the game, advancing the pressure and always facing the game. It wasn’t the easiest scenario to vindicate, since Real is usually a team that plays at a very high pace, especially at home, but my feeling is that the image of the rojiblancos has been good. Or at least one that can be believed.

Atleti went to the Reale Arena with the intention of focusing their ideas and establishing what they want to be as a team

It is true that everything seems much better when you are able to score a goal after five minutes of the game. At that moment Carrasco took a corner so closed that the ball hit the post and bounced so that Morata picked up the gift and hit the shot on goal. La Real, hurt, stepped on the effort pedal and accelerated the match, increasing the aggressiveness limit with which it played. Something logical and perfectly lawful, that the did not know how to manage. His unequal distribution, due to its unfairness, of the yellow cards made the feeling that the Gipuzkoans had a little more credit when it came to hitting and cutting the game. A head kick from Le Normand to Saul was nothing while Saul’s next kick was yellow for him. That example set the tone for the entire match.

Between the Basque push, the conscious transfer of the ball by the people of Madrid and a referee who was beginning to lose the game, the txuri urdin team seemed to dominate the game. I say it seemed, because, although they had some clear chances, a shot at the post and a weak shot by Silva against Oblak, I think the best opportunities were for Simeone’s men. In fact, they scored a second goal after a great ball into space for Llorente, whose pass into the area ended in an accurate shot on goal by Morata, which the referee, the VAR really, annulled due to a supposed hand by João Félix when lowering the ball . In the frozen image of the VAR it does indeed look like a hand (although with this hands in the area you already know that I am very skeptical). The question, as always, is whether that will continue to be a hand in other circumstances. It didn’t take long to answer that question.

Before there were more occasions. A header from Giménez that did not hook well and a shot from a distance from the same Uruguayan that Remiro managed to touch just enough to send to the crossbar. The sensations at rest were good. The forward pressure had been improved, the defense gave reliability, they were fast up front and the midfield wasn’t so easily lost. Only Saúl was clearly out of tune, and for this reason he was substituted before the start of the second half.

The panorama after the restart did not seem very different, although it is true that the game became thicker, which Real Sociedad took advantage of to lock up Atlético de Madrid. A mattress team that did not suffer, but was unable to get the ball out due to the pressure of its rival. That is to say, we saw again one of the eternal problems of this team. In this context, a good play by Cho appeared on the left that the debutant Sadiq, who had just left, finished off under the crossbar thanks to a poor defense by Reinildo. An error, unlike him, that appears when you worry about the ball and forget about the striker. Although yes, it seems that in the shot the ball also hit that part of the body that João’s arm is a hand. And it is that the Movistar commentators already said it, some guys that I do not think were there precisely because of their concept of impartiality: it is not football, it is La Liga.

How right they were.

The irony of the matter, and the most positive thing that I take away from the game, is that from that moment on we saw the best image of Atleti. Simeone put Griezmann on the field (some day we will have to talk about that unfortunate limitation of being able to play only half an hour), João delayed his position, Kondogbia (who had left for Saúl) became strong and Atleti took over the match. It could be said that the match entered a phase of give and take, but the mattress team was the only one that seemed vertical to me and I think it was also the one that did the most to win. At least, he had the clearest chances. Correa in front of the goalkeeper, João twice, Koke, Griezmann… And all this despite the multitude of erroneous decisions made by a referee, who not only avoided calling obvious fouls (the anger with Morata bordered on the grotesque), but also returned to annul a goal against the rojiblanco team for not granting the advantage law. An error that is significant even for an arbitrator of singles against married people.

In short, I think two points escaped. Because if there is a triangle of fire, there is also another triangle of La Liga. One that represents the three elements that have to be given to win a game: have scoring chances, score them and that the referee allows football to be football. But you know, this is not football, it’s La Liga.

I liked Atlético de Madrid. With nuances, of course, but I say it before anything else, because of lowering the temperature. I remember that at university, to explain combustion, they told us about the fire triangle; a scheme that represented the three elements that are needed for it to be…

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