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The saying has been written for a long time: "It is not early that dawn rises earlier." Atlético could see it last night in Balaídos. Although he had never gotten up so early this season, he ended up going home with a single stitch. One more step towards the goal, which is the Champions League, which must still wait. And it is that Celta, who is still looking for his salvation, answered him. Barça already experienced it a few days ago. Now it was Simeone's half-hearted departure.
Because sometimes, as happened last night in Balaídos, 51 seconds can go a long way. In the case of Atlético, for example, to dismantle the approach that Óscar García , the Celta coach, had been stressing for days trying to scare his rival, just as he did not so long ago with Setién. But a lightning bolt illuminated Balaídos, when the game stretched, and when the flash ended, Álvaro MorataHe walked with his arms raised to heaven to celebrate his third goal in two games. The twelfth in League of his account. His is a matter of streaks, as he demonstrated in that magical autumn that seemed somewhat temporary. The idea came from Arias, a revolutionary throughout the party, after Llorente's collaboration, Correa continued with a center that inadvertently bit Fran Beltrán and led to the early rojiblanco blow.
Celta had prepared a demanding plate for Atlético with three centers that, by tradition, is always a bit indigestible for the Simeone boys. But, of course, there are things, like that initial glow, that cannot be controlled. So the locals had to pull patience and imagination to discover a waterway among the second most effective defense. Almost nothing. Grabbing the ball, he was peeking through the Oblak area, but without too much force. The distant shots of Brais Méndez and the inventions of Aspas from the band seemed the only solution to cross that wall that Giménez and Savic , entrenched in the restart before the physical problems of Felipe, have raised with asbestos. The fact is that Atlético decided to wait a bit to see what happened.
Without Carrasco or Joao Félix, with physical problems, and without Diego Costa, sanctioned, Atlético was entrusted to that false trident that Morata and Correa , more electric than usual since the return of football, formed with Marcos Llorente , more late last night, but always with a highway ahead. Both he and the Argentine walked in all those battles where his team tried to close another brilliant summer page as soon as possible. Because you never know what fate may hold.
Maybe it was a premonition. Just released the second part, almost as a rematch, Celta returned to his rival that initial blow. Fran Beltrán did it precisely , with a surprising but effective hyperbolic shot that left Oblak asking heaven how something like this could have happened. But it happened. And it could happen again some more time, as with another shot by Brais Méndez, because Atlético had a hard time stealing the ball in that spider web woven by the people from Vigo.
The script that had given such good returns to the boys of Simeone, seemed not to be enough on the green of Balaídos. Because the effort to leave behind the dizziness of the precipice to Segunda was as intense as the one to get that long-awaited ticket for the next Champions League at once. All this was sailing agitated in the heads of some footballers who did not see the point wrong.
Simeone made use of what, despite the losses, he still had on the bench. It was the moment of Vitolo and Lemar , accustomed to a too minor and residual role. Much more with the supernatural state of Llorente, who left yesterday with a handful of other details to boast about. Atlético gradually climbed the Celta gate, while Morata continued to fight tirelessly between that rocky trio of central teams that Aidoo, Murillo and Jorge Saenz formed. And in those, Rubén Blanco, the goalkeeper from Vigo, left injured and had to leave his task in the hands of the young Iván Villar , the third goalkeeper, who responded outstandingly to a poisoned whiplash by Lemar.
Atlético continued to make him want until the end, but both have to keep waiting.
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