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Atlético de Madrid beat FC Barcelona (1-0) this Saturday on matchday 10 of LaLiga Santander held at the Metropolitan Stadium, with a goal from Yannick Carrasco in the last play of the first half and a very bad start from Ter Stegen , victory that confirms the great rojiblanco moment and darkens the complicated future of Ronald Koeman’s team a bit more.
Those of Diego Pablo Simeone they played almost at pleasure. They did not have Luis Suárez, out due to coronavirus, but his reliable version was enough for them against an injured Barça. The culé team does not raise its head, which even took a step back in the green shoots seen with the Dutch coach. Messi’s game was a sad poem like that of his team, the day it was time to step forward.
For more culé hardship, Barça regretted the knee injury of Gerard Piqué, who went to the dressing room half crying in the 62nd minute in an action with Correa. There are only eight league games, but Atlético, which is projected as the leader when it pays off with the calendar, has already scored nine points from a Barça four just above relegation. Those of the ‘Cholo’ are firm candidates.
The diagnosis of this Barça may not be one, but it is undoubtedly ill. There will always be an excuse, but it is clear that the team does not work and that its flag, Leo Messi, is down. With two thirds of the season ahead, everything can happen, but the culé team seems doomed to a tough transition. In the Wanda, an asset with which to grow in confidence and in a poor classification, there was no reaction.
The game had the typical rhythm after the break – that excuse – although for the initial 15 minutes it seemed otherwise. Dembélé overflowed as soon as he started and found Griezmann, but his shot went high. In the other area, Saúl made Ter Stegen fly. Atleti chose to wait behind, a risk against Koeman’s Barça, since at least it came from being able to play with rhythm and arrival.
It wasn’t this time. The Barça team was becoming as cold as the night in Madrid. The local team also slowed down after good arrivals from Carrasco and especially Llorente, who ran into the crossbar. The risk to visitors was that warm defense against the most fit team in the Championship, although there was no rush at Atleti. Even less, despite the need, at Barça.
Messi does not come into play
The culé image was that of Messi without coming into play, De Jong or Pjanic’s lack of prominence, Pedri desperate to receive a ball to the point of going to take it away from Dembélé. The Argentine had his chance in the 40th minute, but very heeled against Oblak. Both signed the tie, after a long time without attacking, when Ter Stegen gave away the 1-0. Piqué did not squeeze well and Correa stole the ball that filtered Carrasco, very badly measured by the goal.
After the break Lenglet was the visiting offensive weapon. The Frenchman had two good headshots but both centered. Then Piqué’s injury occurred and Barça ended up disappearing. For Atlético its defensive version was enough, a wall from which the ball was repelled without danger. One of those rebounds fell to Dembélé but the Frenchman shot wide.
Those of Cholo could kill the contra, but this time Joao Félix’s magic did not come out. The Diego Costa fight was not the sentence either, but Barça’s pride was as low as their performance to change the score. The night was red and white with the only one but not having his fans, because of the coronavirus pandemic, enjoying the best Atleti.
1 – Atlético de Madrid: Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Giménez, Hermoso; Llorente (Diego Costa, m. 73), Saúl, Koke, Carrasco (Felipe, m. 91); Correa (Kondogbia, m. 83) and Joao Félix (Lemar, m. 83).
0 – Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué (Dest, m. 61), Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Dembele, De Jong, Pjanic (Braithwaite, m. 82) Pedri (Coutinho, m. 56); Griezmann (Trincao, m. 82) and Messi.
Goal: 1-0, m. 48+: Carrasco.
Referee: Munuera Montero (C. Andaluz). He admonished the locals Koke (m. 8), Carrasco (m. 25), Savic (m. 79) and Giménez (m. 79).
Incidents: match corresponding to the tenth round of LaLiga Santander, played at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium without an audience.