A goal from Godín, granted by the video arbitration, and another from Griezmann gives the victory to Simeone against Girona in a bad game

A rumble resolved by the VAR, when everything pointed to another draw with Girona, rescued Atletico from a lead game. Godín riveted in the 76th minute a clearance from Iraizoz that was previously canceled. The video arbitration detected that a foot of Pere Pons was ahead of Griezmann’s position and gave validity to both. This and a fine execution of the French allow even Atletico to say that this League is not completely dead. He will visit the Camp Nou on Saturday with the hope of trying to narrow it somewhat, but with the football he taught a lot he will have to improve.


Atlético is a team marked by irregularity, which has a hard time maintaining a continuous line in its game and matches. The same is marked a departure in tromba as in Vitoria that leaves the Alavés lying at 10 minutes, how Girona gives life in the first minutes. So much that Oblak had to start another stellar performance with the duel just dawn. One of those threads that have elevated Pedro Porro to the condition of being one of the best side of the championship was connected by Doumbia with a hard header. The Slovenian flight to clench the fists avoided the goal. The ease to open gas for the bands of Girona, which this time did not dress with the three centers that both bunt the rojiblancos, changed the initial plan of Simeone. If Koke occupied the middle with Rodrigo, he left the engine room this time to be taken by Thomas, far behind on the right by Aleix García.


The change returned to Atletico, which ended up recomposing itself with that formula of Vitoria in which Filipe Luis is a kind of false third central and Saúl an end more than a lane. More and more removed from the central positions, Saul’s relationship with the game is decreasing as the days pass. He already plays almost everything, less than a shuttle midway through the center lane. In this new drawing, it is limited to getting balls stuck to the lime. It seems that the lesson of Allegri in Turin, with a similar variant with Emre Can de central, has found a place in Simeone’s experimental libretto.


He took more field equipment with these modifications and exercised a bland territorial domain. With hardly any depth, with few appearances by Griezmann and less by Morata. Little rhythm and little football are very associated with this Atlético who languishes in this stretch of the season in which he has to wait for a historic Barcelona debacle or fight for the second place with his neighbor. Either it plays at high revolutions or it is a gusty set that works with jerks.


Oblak stops

Girona lived very comfortable, well armed in the middle with Douglas Luiz and Pere Pons. A neat football match on which Borja García relied heavily to disconcert between lines. The joy of Eusebio’s team to stretch when it was clear to him generated another occasion. Another headbutt, also from Doumbia, which Oblak answered again with another stretched and a book lock. The Slovenian goal was lying on the ground, the result of a blow to the shoulder prior to the stop that put the staff in suspense.


n that game played bursts, the end of the first act was of Atlético. Put in the opposite field. A zambombazo of Koke swung the crossbar. Soon, a long pass from Giménez was hooked by Morata, but he lacked tact to adjust his vaseline attempt.


That Simeone required a further march was revealed by the change of Correa by Thomas shortly after the resumption. Also that of Vitolo by Filipe. So there was another readjustment, Saul now left side in a classic 4-4-2, in that search of his coach to find something, because there was nothing. If anything Morata’s riding, on one of those days when he has too much stride and lacks technique to better solve situations in which he arrives with an advantage.


Vitolo and Correa, somehow fulfilled their task of stirring the leaden party that was disputed. Griezmann was still without news, stuck in a scoring depression that was already for eight games, including the two of Juventus. At least, bid with Gorka Iraizoz for that air balloon that then Godín floated in an action that validated the VAR.


At the last breath, in addition to retiring injured Morata, Griezmann squandered a hand in hand to end that drought. It did not fail already in the discount to execute with a minced one against guided by Vitolo. He did not do his folkloric celebration. He seems to feel that this is not his great year. Nor the one of his team.



To the sixth came the first victory of the Athletic one on the Girona after five ties between Liga and Glass in the two seasons that the Catalan equipment in the elite takes. “He is a difficult opponent, who always complicates us,” said Godín after the meeting at the beIN microphones. The rojiblanco captain was the one who opened the scoring in a thick game match and few occasions he opted for a goal conceded by the VAR. It is the fourth occasion that video arbitration grants a bit to Atlético after the referee annulled it in the first instance, the one that most in LaLiga.


Despite the fact, Simeone was ironic when asked about the matter. “I thought they were not going to give it to us. We are used to not giving us the doubtful goals “. More diplomatic was Godín: “The VAR is to do justice, sometimes it falls to your side and sometimes to the contrary,” said the central, who confessed that “it is rare to celebrate a goal so late.”


The Uruguayan also prolonged a streak at Atlético, which says he has 22 consecutive games scoring at home. Now comes the Camp Nou on Saturday, maybe the last chance to get hooked on the fight for the league title. “We think of each game as a final. If we do not win, it is difficult to cut points to Barcelona and fight “, concluded Godín.


Griezmann ended a streak, in this case negative: seven games unmarked. The French ended the duel in the discount, and before Oblak had appeared to keep the goal to zero. “The team always needs the great players, like them,” Simeone concluded.