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Atletico are 16 points behind Real Madrid in La Liga

10 Jan 2022 | 11:19

After the psychological relief victory over Rayo Majadahonda in the Copa del Rey, Atletico lost their breath when they were held 2-2 by Villarreal in round 21 of La Liga at dawn on January 10 (Hanoi time).

Angel Correa opened the scoring for Atletico at Ceramic Stadium. Pau Torres helps Villarreal equalize 1-1.

Alberto Moreno brought the home team to reverse the situation to lead 2-1. However, the shot in front of the penalty area from Geoffrey Kondogbia helped the Madrid representative to regain a point.

After 20 matches, Atletico have 33 points and are in fourth place. Coach Diego Simeone’s teachers and students are 16 points behind the top team Real Madrid and have played less than one match. In the last 5 matches, Atletico only won one, drew one and lost three.

Kondogbia helped Atletico escape an embarrassing defeat. Photo: Reuters.

Kondogbia helped Atletico escape an embarrassing defeat. Photo: Reuters.

Atletico’s defense showed a disastrous performance against Villarreal. The pair of central defenders Felipe and Hermose were scored by WhoScored 6.3 and 6.2 respectively. Both were directly at fault in the two goals Atletico conceded.

In the situation where Torres scored the equalizer, 4 Atletico players were sucked into the movement of Gerard Moreno. Due to being unmarked, Villarreal’s defender – Torres – easily finished close to the wall after Jan Oblak let the ball bounce.

At the second goal, the central defenders Felipe and Hermose made a mistake with the beginner, creating an opportunity for Moreno to escape to face Oblak. Much of the fault in that situation was Felipe’s. Hermose reacted violently because of the shallow follow-up of her teammates.

Before that, Correa helped Atletico score the opening goal after a spectacular tire situation from the circle in the middle of the field. Kondogbia helped the away team hold onto the hope of turning the game around. But it was the French midfielder who extinguished Atletico’s hopes of victory in injury time because he received a second yellow card (which means disqualification – PV).

Marca commented that Atletico did not deserve to win this match. Villarreal is the team that holds the ball more (nearly 60%) and finishes nearly twice as much as the opponent. All other stats, from passing the ball to Villarreal’s number of passes, also proved overwhelming.

Even when coach Simeone brought Koke and Joao Felix onto the field, Atletico’s game did not improve. Except for Correa and Marcos Llorente, the entire Atletico squad showed disappointing performances.

Score players from 2 teams. Graphics: WhoScored.

Score players from 2 teams. Graphics: WhoScored.

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