What was not enough for Atletico to go through City

What was not enough for Atletico to go through City

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24 Apr 2022
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Atletico Madrid

Second half: pressure and verticality from Atlético, reinsurance and betrayal of style from City

The second half was really fiery. For the first time in this confrontation, a goal for one of the teams looked like a necessity, not a bonus. Atlético won this half on possession (53% to 47%) and shooting (13:2). The possession advantage may not be particularly impressive, but the context is important: firstly, when returning the ball, Atlético did not keep it for a long time, but quickly aggravated it (advancements were preferred to control, even if the part was unsuccessful); secondly, possession zones are important – Atlético really managed to pinch City. Now Atletico pressed the guests in every attack – and this brought either tackles in the opponent’s half or long-range clearances for City. The pressing structure was the same as in the first half. The difference is in the frequency of episodes of pressure. In this regard, the reaction of Atletico in episodes in their own half of the field is indicative. Now they did not wait (as in the first three halves), but tried to transform such moments into a situation for pressing. Here, especially for this, Lodi abruptly moves forward, he is supported by Felix and the others. A major turning point from City’s point of view is the move away from short plays. On the 57th, Ederson decided not to flirt with the pressure of Atlético anymore and sent the defenders higher under the far start of the attack

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