Top / Bottom Atlético-Rayo Vallecano: Griezmann excels, Lemar frowns
Find out who came out on top and who came out on the losing end in the encounter between Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano, which was played on the tenth day of La Liga (1-1).
Antoine Griezmann was sparkling
Antoine Griezmann is now free from the problematic contractual position that had stopped him from playing in all of Atlético’s matches. As a result, he is a liberated player, and it shows on the field. This world champion was crucial once again on Tuesday evening, this time as a superb passer on the first goal for Morata. He scored this past weekend in a victory versus Athletic Bilbao (1-0), and the score was 1-0 in the champion’s favor (20e). Because of his vantage point and the technical accuracy he possessed, he was in the ideal position at that time. Even though he was unable to prevent his club from playing Rayo Vallecano to a draw (1-1), the fact that he has restored his level of play is good news not only for his coach Diego Simeone but also for Didier Deschamps and the Blues in preparation for the World Cup.
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The Rayo did not give up
Even though they had never won or scored at the Civitas Metropolitano, the men who played for Andoni Iraola did not show up there just to make up the numbers, even though they came as neighbors. Despite being taken aback by Morata’s first goal (20e), the Franjirrojos did not deviate from their game plan and were eventually rewarded with a goal from Radamel Falcao from the penalty spot at the very end of the contest. The draw point is by no means unjustified.
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Atlético unable to kill matches
The team that Diego Simeone coaches consistently makes this error in judgment. When they open the scoring, the Colchoneros typically tend to tense up, grow tense, and rarely manage to discover the fault a second time. Then, after several minutes spent defending, they either pull off a victory by the skin of their teeth or are joined. Because Rayo Vallecano tied the game in the very final seconds of extra time (90e+), this was the second choice that was available on Tuesday evening. For us to reach our goals for this season, we will need to fix this problem.
Thomas Lemar is out through an injury
Although Thomas Lemar has not always been a starter this season, his coach had trust in him this time and decided to start him on the left flank position. However, after a strong opening forty minutes for the former Monaco player, it appears that he began to have some discomfort in his muscles, which caused him to make way for Yannick Carrasco. Unfavorable reports come one month before the start of the World Cup in Qatar. Thomas Lemar is one of the players who may still legitimately apply for a position in the France group. Even though he did not take part in the most recent gatherings of the Blues, Thomas Lemar is still one of the players who can compete for a spot in the group.
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