Y Diego Simeone hit the key. After a series of matches in which the rojiblanco coach was not right with the changes or, if you prefer, the players who jumped onto the pitch did not give the expected level, in the Athletic-Osasuna Sunday the variations introduced by the Cholo they did work. In time, and in shape.
In the matches before him Elche wave Real society, the coach took a long time to move the bench. And when it did, the footballers who came out of refreshment hardly contributed in the field. But in front of Osasuna, the opposite happened.
Above all, with the first double change he made Simeone, who retired the field to Handsome Y Saul to enter I gave it Y Joao Felix. The score was still 0-0. With the Brazilian he was looking for more depth on the left wing and with the Portuguese, more presence in the meters, last pass and arrival. And both things were fulfilled.
I gave it, who was surprised by Budimir At Osasuna’s 0-1 score in the 75th minute, it was rebuilt, marking the tie seven minutes later. He defined to perfection in hand-to-hand after a great pass from Joao Felix. In addition, the Brazilian started the play of the second goal, with a meteoric run from area to area driving the ball. When he saw that he was alone, he braked, threw the ball back to Koke and the action continued until the goal of Suarez.
JoaoIn addition to being decisive at 1-1, he paused Atlético’s attack in the final minutes. When the pressure and anxiety invited to carry out quick attacks, the Portuguese put more head than heart to keep calm and that the offensives were organized. Something that was key to the comeback.
The following changes were Herrera Y Dembélé. They left Llorente Y strap, the two fused. Control the midfield with the Mexican and stretch the team with the French, who helped set defenses so that Suarez was freer, as in the Uruguayan goal, in which the former Lyon jumped to prevent the ball from hitting him and abort the occasion. He won several balls that allowed the team to leave in the last moments.
And after 2-1, Simeone wanted to shore up the midfield more with Kondogbia. Retired to Luis Suarez, which had already done its job, to give more consistency to the core for the final stretch. And everything went well. This time, Simeone he did hit the mark and, above all, the players who took to the field, responded to expectations.