Tactical Evaluation: Simeone’s masterclass victory towards Sevilla
Atletico Madrid confronted a difficult midweek sport towards a distinguished Sevilla facet on Tuesday night time.
Two medical targets from Angel Correa and Saul Niguez had been sufficient to beat Sevilla and transfer Diego Simeone’s males 4 factors away from Actual Madrid on prime of the La Liga desk with two video games in hand.
It serves as no shock that Atletico has the perfect defensive document of all groups in Europe’s prime 5 leagues with goalkeeper Jan Oblak conceding a mere six targets in 16 video games.
Atletico’s victory towards Sevilla was one other tactical masterpiece from Simeone as they recorded their 11th clear sheet of the season.
Your complete premise of Atletico’s sport comes right down to their defensive form and organisation. Though their principal formation in assault is a 3-5-2, when a participant loses the ball, all close by gamers first press exhausting to win it again earlier than everybody drops again right into a defensive 5-4-1.
Yannick Carrasco drops again right into a left-back place, and ahead Angel Correa drops again into the midfield forward of Kieran Trippier, typically dropping again additional to offer a six-man defensive wall. This leaves prolific striker Luis Suarez because the lone man up prime for an outlet to start out a counter-attack.
Atletico Madrid’s passing chart in 5-4-1 defensive form (thickness of arrow signifies amount of passes between gamers, the blue title signifies the participant was a substitute)This technique labored fairly properly for Atletico within the first half, with nearly all of profitable counter-attacks being performed by way of Carrasco and Thomas Lemar connecting on the left and Trippier bolstering down the sector on the suitable.
Each large possibilities within the first-half got here from these gamers with Lemar switching the play to Trippier who arrange Correa for the primary objective, together with an inch-perfect chip from Trippier to Suarez who pressured an unbelievable save out of Sevilla goalkeeper Bono.
Atletico switched their attacking formation relying on the move of the sport between their beginning 3-5-2 and 4-3-Three with Correa offering the attacking width on the suitable facet.
Whereas within the 4-3-3, Mario Hermoso was in a position to slide over and function a left-back, giving Carrasco extra freedom going ahead. Atletico would typically even change between these two formations with ease on the fly.
Atletico Madrid’s passing chart in 4-3-Three attacking form (thickness of arrow signifies amount of passes between gamers, the blue title signifies the participant was a substitute)
Atletico Madrid’s passing chart in 3-5-2 attacking form (thickness of arrow signifies amount of passes between gamers, the blue title signifies the participant was a substitute)The second-half was a wholly completely different sort of sport for Atletico who relied on their defensive formation for almost the whole lot of the second half, placing almost each participant behind the ball. Whereas Sevilla had 13 photographs all through the sport, Atletico restricted Sevilla’s possibilities as Oblak was hardly examined.
Whereas Atletico are used to not having an enormous chunk of possession in some matches, Simeone’s facet solely managed 33% towards Sevilla, creating very restricted possibilities within the second half.
Atletico struggled to get out of their defensive form and preserve maintain of the ball in transition, usually simply hoofing clearances ahead with out retaining the ball. Simeone introduced on Saul Niguez and Joao Felix in a double change that instantly helped Atletico retain the ball higher and in the end led to their second objective of the match coming from one more Trippier by way of ball.
Atletico Madrid’s Kieran TrippierThroughout the whole lot of the match, Atletico’s transition from assault to defence was impeccable. Carrasco and particularly Trippier’s wing play was essential of their assault together with attacking midfield creativity from Llorente who made many deep runs to stretch the play and Lemar who was the centre midfield spark and creator.
Nonetheless, one factor that Simeone’s staff can enhance upon from this sport is their transition from defence to assault and getting Suarez extra concerned within the build-up play. Too usually they misplaced the ball and had been put instantly again underneath strain.
On one other day that their attackers weren’t as medical, maybe the rating would have been a stalemate. Atletico in the end capitalised on their 5 whole photographs within the match, placing two at the back of the web, and held down the defensive fort but once more to close Sevilla out and safe the victory.
Atletico might be searching for to increase their lead on prime of the desk at their away match towards Eibar on January 21 whereas Sevilla might be seeking to get again to successful methods towards Alaves on January 19 following their Copa del Rey conflict towards Leganes.