Atletico Madrid The Frenchman struggled again
Atletico Madrid came out on top at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday night with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Real Valladolid.
Los Rojiblancos managed to pick up a second straight win by the narrowest of margins, making it seven points from three games since the restart.
It was said that Thomas Lemar might thrive without crowds watching a judging his every step, but the Frenchman has had the very same struggles in empty stadiums as before.
Lemar put in another poor performance on Saturday and he’s now been underperforming for over a year with Atletico, closing in on two disappointing seasons after his 72 million euro move.
He didn’t offer anything on Saturday, and even lost the ball 12 times in the first half without winning it back once.
Marcos Llorente is proof that trust is needed in football.
He’s gone from being an underwhelming player to being someone who is adaptable, flexible and capable of contributing wherever he plays.
One again, Jan Oblak proved his worth to Atleti.
In Pamplona he hit a century of clean sheets for the club and just three minutes in at the Wanda he pulled off a fine save from a long-distance strike.
Diego Simeone made a lot of changes – seven to be exact – to his XI and it just about paid off.
Real Valladolid made nine themselves as both took to the field with heavily-rotated sides.