Guardiola warned within the preview that Atlético’s biggest advantage is that it’s able to denying you what you’re. He did it with Manchester City, a benefit of Simeone that not even the bitterness of defeat can take away from him. In his specific duel with Guardiola he emerged the winner, however Foden was capable of defeat the Argentine coach. The entrance of the English footballer performed a key position within the scratch to the City tie. It was a turning level within the match. Just his presence unleashed the maladjustment alongside Kondogbia of the very orderly crimson and white protection and shared the highlight with De Bruyne’s break. A profitable coup for a City that dominated the scene with out ever being fully comfy.
The distinction of types between Guardiola and Simeone was confirmed once more. There have been no makes an attempt at hypertension from Atleti, who locked themselves up by their very own dedication. It began with a 1-5-3-2 that shortly went to 1-5-5-0 as a result of issues that Cancelo and De Bruyne generated within the Lodi band. Simeone pressured João Félix to embed himself on the aspect and the Portuguese, dispersed so many occasions in defensive duties, as occurred to him towards Liverpool or Barcelona, fulfilled the order. Atleti’s defensive radicalization additional bothered a low-volume City. The try and open the sector with Mahrez and Sterling and search for dynamism in inside zones with Bernardo Silva, De Bruyne and Gündogan had no impact towards an Atleti from the trenches. The circulation, thick and predictable, was given time and again head to head with the rojiblanco wall. The downside for Atleti is that the ball did not final lengthy after they recovered it they usually hardly intimidated in transitions, though Llorente had superiority over Aké.
Without a thunderous show, with a sure diploma of conservatism of their sport in order to not fall into the lure of Atleti’s counterattack, City pulled on perseverance to seek out victory. In Guardiola’s staff the purpose is often the son of the sport, however this time it referred to the person class of a unprecedented footballer like Foden. From an error in his vigilance was born the English triumph that stripped Atleti the tie they have been on the lookout for. In such a private duel on the bench, during which Simeone actually beat Guardiola, the expertise of Foden and De Bruyne determined.
Around minute 20, Simeone corrected his staff’s placement with out the ball and organized a 1-5-5-0 that denied Manchester City the inside areas. Cancelo’s surveillance fell to João Félix. Atleti went 1-5-4-1 within the second half.