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This season, every Atlético shot is a header against a wall. Only Álvaro Morata has worn some lucidity, but his time has also passed. On the turf of La Cerámica, the rojiblancos again ran out of white and are already three games in a row. Two weeks without seeing a door to add a sense of anguish to which an end is not guessed. The de Simeone turned, this time on the back of Joao Felix . He commanded auctioned off and invented everything his team raised to end the unease. Although in front always appeared an awkward and dangerous Villarreal, as every time Madrid visit their home. The clock was consumed with a point that solves neither life nor direction to any. However, what is clear is that Atlético needs a good couch or, whatever, to end that evil that has been dragging.
For Atlético, visiting Villarreal is like going to the dentist's office. It does not matter, as in this case, that the locals had only added one point in the last five games. The yellow boys, as usual, managed to suffocate their opponent. Thinking is always complicated when oxygen is scarce. The rojiblanco brain got little in the first part. Only Thomas found clarity to break the pressure with his shipments. And if the curse following Atlético had not persisted against the opposing goal, they could well have knocked down Sergio Asenjo's door.
But those of Simeone are in a psychological battle and nobody is saved. Not even the 'Golden Boy' Joao Felix, who discovered the path but not the solution. The Portuguese gives off vibrations on the grass that do not emit much of the mortals. On the green of La Cerámica, Asenjo's glove and stick stopped one of his lashes. And right there, face to face with the former athletic goalkeeper, he raised the ball excessively when it seemed that the curse was going to break. No one tried as many times and as eagerly (although with the same spirit as the rest) as the athletic gold boy. Arias, a substitute for Trippier, was the best resource on which his people leaned to try to undress the Castellon defense.
In front of him there was always a revolutionized Villarreal who made it go bad for Atlético for a long time. Up to eight corner kicks and a superb response from Oblak (great shot of Trigueros) scratched off the first act. A hyperbolic Chukwueze brought out the colors of Lodi and anyone who dared to step out. It was a headache for the athletic rearguard and he could even chew on his rival after the break. He had momentum, he lacked aim. As everyone. The movements and auctions of Gerard Moreno , the speed of Moi Gómez and the vision of Trigueros kept the pulse of the Madrid people accelerated. Especially Felipe and Hermoso , who never lacked work. His response, however, was impeccable. Along that winding road, Morata sighed in relief when a handful of yellow shirts asked Hernández Hernández , the same one he threw in Mallorca, to take the second yellow for walking his elbow on two balls overlooked.
Never lacked the night of vertigo and speed. It was not a matter of waiting. Villarreal tried to grab the helm tightly and Atlético drew another alternative plan to the quad. With Vitolo as a beacon to find a solution after so much mystery accumulated behind him in recent weeks. The canary brought freshness and clarity and Lodi sent a gift from Joao Felix to heaven, which seemed more like an outburst of fantasy. This time Simeone did not claim the kid, who played his third full game. Perhaps the most constant and least intermittent since its advent. Anguissa's physical superiority was the best alternative for the local team. But nobody knocked the door down. There was plenty of desire and goals were missing. This has been the case for too long. That's why Atlético can finish the day outside of Europe. In the dressing room they are clear that without goals there is no paradise.
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