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With their coat tightly closed, because the night demanded it, Yannick Carrasco and Ángel Correa, after a few minutes in that immense stand that is now the bench, got up with impulse when they heard the referee signal the end.
One, the Argentine, had invented one more assistance for his collection.
The other, the Belgian, had drawn, with the permission of Ter Stegen, one of his greatest genius as an rojiblanco.
A sufficient plan to bring down Barcelona, at last, after 10 years of waiting, and let the imagination fly, even if it is fair.
Because the numbers of Atlético, at the top of the ranking together with Real Sociedad (they have one game less than the Basque team), and 18 goals in favor and only two against, maintain that the path to recover old and glorious passages is The right one.
To be contextualized: in the 2013/14 season, when they conquered the league, the rojiblancos had four more points (24) after the first eight games (they won everything), they had scored 21 goals and received six.
At that start, they conquered the
The rojiblanca defense is the safest on the continent, at least in home competition.
Since his signing in 2014,
had never conceded so few goals.
His best record, in 2016-17, was three received in eight days.
"The teams at the top are clicking, why not dream of the title? Although you have to be calm, we are only in November. We will go game by game," proclaimed
, the captain, after completing another full game from midfield, well away from that band from which so many times he had to remove his nails.
The mantra that Simeone inoculated his players as soon as he arrived, back in December 2011, is still intact.
Barça now lies at nine points and Real Madrid, with one more game, at three.
Of the greats, the rojiblancos, the only undefeated team, are the ones that transmit the best vibrations.
Even Carrasco, the executioner of Barcelona, has the motto well present: "We think about game by game and we will see what happens."
Since his return, in the last winter market, the Belgian has been recovering that aroma that he already left before his frightened trip to China, in February 2018. After missing due to a muscle injury the last two days of the League, he returned in a big way , scoring his second goal of the season.
Correa's assistance 42
And he also did it from the lane position, with an eye on
, the man who gave Atlético the biggest headaches all night.
"I'm used to playing like this in the national team, it is not a new position for me," revealed the Belgian, who crossed the Camp Nou gates with his strides (2-2) five months ago.
Correa, who put him in luck to score, already has five six assists this season (one in the Champions League) and 42 in 243 games with Atlético.
It was a victory of those that mark or, at least, of those that suggest that something different can happen.
A victory, moreover, without
, removed from the scene by the coronavirus, nor
, injured and protagonist in the rojiblanco takeoff on the back of that new offensive style.
Even if it is only November, the scene at least suggests that the journey undertaken may be interesting.
At least in LaLiga.
"The group is very well, the footballers are very well and that gives us hope to be able to work and be accomplices in the search for what one wants," argued
from the lonely Wanda Metropolitano press room, who would have roared with that Carrasco's goal and this long-awaited victory, enveloped in silence by the Covid-19.
Of course, the Argentine coach did not want to say goodbye without emphasizing his own slogan: "There is a desire to look for important things, although match by match."
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