Pellegrini improvised with Guardado in the left lane and giving Joaquín his first league start. The Mexican had to leave due to injury very soon and it was Ruibal who delayed his position before Tello’s entry. It took him a while to carburize the football directed by the Chilean coach, but he was activated in the last quarter of the first half after a half full of errors and lack of brilliance. Then came a defensive fragility that condemned the final defeat.
Claudio Bravo: Some worthwhile save when Atlético executed their cons.
Sabaly: Insistent on his appearances up front, like when he pressed to steal and set up Cristian Tello’s goal.
Bartra: Good in some anticipations. He had a clear option to score from set pieces.
Victor Ruiz: Bad in almost everything. He trembled against the first and second goals and was never able to control his opponents with so many spaces.
Saved: He was struggling on that left back before being traded due to injury.
Paul: Intense in the pressure, successful in the passes. The yellow conditioned him and he was exchanged for Guido.
Carvalho: From less to more. He began with doubts in his passes but took the measure of the duel and dared to step on the rival area with danger. He seems to be in a good physical moment again and gets on well with Fekir when it comes to crossing lines.
Joaquin: He always faced and almost never made mistakes in his decisions. He lacks a little more physicality to reflect that his football is up to any rival. He put Borja Iglesias’ head on a couple of brilliant serves from his right wing.
Fekir: Does not finish showing the incisive version of a few weeks ago. He was a danger from set pieces, but his ability to damage in the final meters was minimized by Atlético.
Aitor Ruibal: His commitment is always present. As a winger, as a winger… Pellegrini places all his trust in a player who once again fulfilled his promise.
Borja Iglesias: He pushed and fought it all. She failed to beat Oblak in a clear header.
They also played:
Tello: He came in wanting a lot. He looked for the opposite goal on a couple of occasions if he was right until he got that loose ball that he shot with placement to make it 1-1 at the stroke of half-time. He was less successful when he had the 2-1 in his boots but ran into Oblak.
Juanmi: With hardly any incidence.
willian joseph: He tried unsuccessfully leaving the area.
guide: He took over from Paul giving balance to an already overturned Betis.