Diego Pablo Simeone appeared in the press room of the Bucharest National Stadium ready to defend an approach that meant the fourth defeat of his team in the season and the second in a row with the aggravation of not having registered a single shot between the three sticks of the goal defended by Mendy. “Has your team lacked courage?” They asked. "No, I don't think so," replied the Argentine coach. Earlier, in the Movistar microphones, he already expressed his conviction that the plan was the ideal: “I don't know what they expected, everyone can give their opinion freely, we seek from the order to have a strong block and take advantage of the talent from the recovery of the ball. ”
Atlético loses step in the areas Chelsea cows Atlético
Simeone assumed responsibility for a plan that had his team holed up near the Oblak area for most of the match, without the ability to respond attacking Chelsea's dominance from possession. “I understood the team's management to press at times up and if not generate the defensive low block to be able to recover and look for transitions. There were no situations for either team, but Giroud's goal appeared after Mario Hermoso's rebound. ”
AtléticoOblak, Felipe Monteiro, Mario Hermoso (Vitolo, min. 83), Savic, Lemar, Saúl (Lucas Torreira , min. 81), Koke, Marcos Llorente, Luis Suárez, Correa (Dembele, min. 81) and João Félix (Renan Augusto, min. 81) Chelsea Edouard Mendy, Rüdiger, Azpilicueta, A. Christensen, Jorginho Frello, Kovacic (Hakim Ziyech, min. 73), Marcos Alonso, Callum Hudson Odoi (Reece James, min. 79), Giroud (Kai Havertz, min. 86), Timo Werner (Christian Pulisic, min. 86) and Mason Mount (Kante, min. 73) Goals0-1 min. 67: Giroud. Referee Dr. Felix Brych Yellow cards Mason Mount (min. 0), Marcos Llorente (min. 62), Jorginho Frello (min. 63) and Lemar (min. 92)
El Cholo admitted that his team is going through a moment that, if it does not straighten out, can mean the Loss of the two titles he is opting for: "We are in a delicate moment, the reality is what these last games mark, more because of the results than because of what happened on the field." The questions about the approach followed one another, always pointing to that given step backwards that he did not deny despite the result and the little offensive production that his players generated. “The games cannot be changed when they have been played. There were no situations, we lacked being able to associate better from the recovery of the ball. The meeting was very hard work on the part of the two teams, they took advantage of that touch of Hermoso to score the goal ", Simeone stressed.
" More tranquility "
For the insistence on highlighting the pothole that his team is going through in recent weeks Cholo seemed concerned about the group's digestion of the latest results. “We are in difficulty, we need to work as we have always done. We will have to find peace of mind to live with the moment the team is in, ”stressed the Argentine coach, who elaborated on his analysis of an even match and few occasions. “The first half was controlled by them, but with vertigo situations for us. The second half was very even, I don't think the goalkeepers made saves. ”
Jan Oblak made no secret of his disappointment at the loss. “A stick, it's football, you have to raise your head, we have important games in the league before the return. We have to improve and then, when we play again in the Champions League, come back. It is a moment in which we are having a hard time, but in which we have to show that we are a team ”, warned the Slovenian goal. Oblak also came out in defense of Simeone's approach. “The plan is always to defend well, no matter what formation we go out with. We wanted to score, but we had no chances. We should have had a little more calm in the last passes, "Oblak analyzed before sentencing:" We played a normal game, not very bad. In the dressing room I saw a team with their heads held high, convinced that we are going to improve. I do not think it is a crisis, it is a different moment in which things happen against us. Today they mark us as Chilean and the other day Levante with a rebound ”.
Eight appointments in a row fitting
The trip to Bucharest for the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 did not remove Atlético de Madrid from the bad feelings with which they traveled. The rojiblancos again did not dominate the areas. For the first time since Simeone took over the team in 2011, it conceded in eight consecutive games (Eibar, Valencia, Cádiz, Celta, Granada, Levante, Levante and Chelsea). The last time this happened to him was in May 2010, with Quique Sánchez Flores on the bench.
In total, it is a month in a row without Oblak being able to keep a clean sheet. The first three duels of this fatal series took them forward, but, from then on, the conceded goals began to punish Atlético: a draw against Celta (2-2) and Levante (1-1), and defeats against Los granota (0-2) and Chelsea (0-1). In the continental clash against the English, it was a Chilean from Giroud, after consulting the VAR, who pierced Oblak's domains.
If this statistic is bad, the one who recorded the athletic attack against the goal defended by Mendy, starter in the blue squad instead of Kepa, was even worse. The rojiblancos did not shoot a single time between the three clubs. It is the third time that this negative statistic has been recorded in the Champions League, after the match against Marseille (0-0) in France in 2008 and Juventus (3-0) in 2019.
The background when Atlético has lost at home the first leg are nothing positive. He has been behind seven times after the first home game, and never managed to come back: five times in the UEFA Cup (Spartak 1972, Dynamo Dresden 1979, Lazio 1998, Parma 1999 and Rubin 2013) and two in the Cup Winners' Cup. (Eintracht 1975 and Parma 1993). It is the first time this has happened to him in the Champions League.