Why did Atletico lose to themselves?

Why did Atletico lose to themselves?

Atletico Madrid lost to Liverpool at Wanda Metropolitano, 2-3, in the Champions league group stage matchday 3.

The initial line-ups of the teams were quite predictable. Liverpool came out with their 4-3-3 formation, although there was a rather controversial trinity in the midfield - Milner, Henderson, Keita. Klopp did not provide any additional sophistication. At the same time, Diego Simeone hoped for a hybrid 4-4-2 formation, which transformed into a 5-3-2 with Yannick Carrasco in the role of the left lateral in the defense.

In the first minutes Liverpool went forward as expected. The guests even played the ball from the center of the field, leaving the whole squad, except for the defender and the goalkeeper, to the other side. And immediately there were problems on the left wing of the hosts' defense, where Carrasco only created the appearance of pressure on Salah. In the eighth minute already, the Egyptian passsed three defenders and took advantage of the lack of safety net. Mohamed shot into the far bottom corner, Milner slightly tweaked the ball and disoriented Oblak, 0:1.

The guests continued to use the zone defense of Atletico and the fact that all defense players fell into their own penalty area, devastating the approaches to it. As a result, Keita shot hard and sent the ball into the top corner of the goal, doubling the score in favor of the Reds.

But Liverpool's joy was short-lived. All the problems of Klopp's team in this match immediately got out. Namely, the trouble with the high line of defense and the right wing, which was played by Alexander-Arnold, who is not in the best shape. Keita did not keep track of Lemar, allowing him to go into the penalty area and shoot at Koke. The Spaniard shot, and Griezmann tweaked the ball into the corner, almost like Milner. Atletico went ahead and Simeone's team began to have chances due to longballs on their forwards. At first, Griezmann did not realize a one-on-one chance, and then he nevertheless rocked the entire defense of Liverpool and equalized the score already by the 34th minute.

This comeback made the difference between Klopp and Simeone clear. The German effect starts from the beginning of the half and then the team needs a break to understand the coach's thoughts. El Cholo players read his requirements as the game progresses and immediately make adjustments. Therefore, it was foolish to wait for danger from the guests before the break, while Atlético continued to press.

In the second half, it seems to me, the hosts lost this match to themselves because of excessive emotions. First, the coaches made a couple of castlings. Jimenez with an untreated injury substituted Kondogbia, and Fabinho came out for Keita. The Brazilian was sorely lacking, both to control the attack and the defense. But in the 52nd minute already, Griezmann simplified Klopp's task by crashing spikes into the head of Roberto Firmino. This was the first step towards self-destruction of the Indians.

Even in the minority, Atlético carried out high-quality counter-attacks and had the opportunity to come out ahead. However, this was not part of the plans of Mario Hermoso. The Spaniard deliberately flunked Diogo Jota in his penalty area, giving Salah a double in such an important and eventful match. A few minutes later, the main referee Daniel Siebert could establish parity and appoint a response penalty against Alisson, but after watching the VAR he changed his decision.

Removal and a penalty brought out of the blue made the result of this match. Liverpool did not look stronger and clearly lost to Atlético in the number of dangerous approaches, but the result is on the scoreboard. The hosts did not control their emotions and made it difficult for themselves to get out of the group. Now they have four points with Porto, and Liverpool has only one victory away from the playoffs.