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The intensity of the new football

If Real Madrid wins the League there will be three reasons that will lead to the title: the merit of an overwhelming first third, the 'fortune' of

The intensity of the new football


If Real Madrid wins the League there will be three reasons that will lead to the title: the merit of an overwhelming first third, the ‘fortune’ of having the best goalkeeper and the best attacker in the championship… and inertia: 0- 1 for Vallecas is proof that ‘draw’ matches don’t usually end like this if there is a striker like Karim Benzema on the pitch, who needs a little spark in a mediocre match to win points as if it weren’t hard.

Intensity

The white team, however, has two exciting games on the horizon. A classic whose forecasts are not even turned around but they are very even after the transformation of Barça… and especially his visit to the dentist at Pizjuán, where Sevilla showed Betis what this new football is all about. This ‘neo-soccer’ is not played with the ball as much as without it. It is about creating an unbearable environment, but not so much of decibels as of high pressure, solidarity, effort and suffocation on the rival. That he has the feeling that there are no holes or options, that he looks absolutely run over. The first half of the Seville derby was an example (with the collaboration of Bravo in the Betis goal) of what is carried. Passing fads until two or three teams arrive that succeed by doing the opposite: football is cyclical.

What there is

Renan Lodi was not a winger, but now he is and Atlético suddenly links two games in a row with a clean sheet for the first time all season… and the last 2-0 is executed with two goals from the Brazilian. “This is what there is” is a double-edged phrase (in ‘can Barça’ they can explain it perfectly) that can describe someone who is resigned… or someone who has touched a couple of pieces and has achieved a necessary change. Simeone fled forward, as Ronald Koeman was doing at the time, frustrated without hitting the key. Sometimes a small movement generates expectation in a packed locker room that thinks “look, finally someone touches ‘something'” and reacts.