August 8, 2022

On Sunday afternoon we have been all handled to a feast of soccer in Liverpool in opposition to Manchester Metropolis – two groups who have been free of their minds and went on the market with a plan to win the sport for themselves fairly than merely cease the opposition. 

When watching Atletico Madrid face a top-level opponent, nevertheless, at instances they seem like a workforce merely hell-bent on stopping the opposition. 

They not often go on the market to win the sport for themselves. It’s an unhealthy strategy which stems from the supervisor. Diego Simeone was the person who infamously obtained David Beckham despatched off in 1998, keep in mind. He desires his workforce to achieve a bonus nevertheless doable – maybe by getting an opponent dismissed – after which exploiting that. They push you to your absolute limits. 

Atletico Madrid’s unhealthy strategy which stems from the supervisor Diego Simeone

However Metropolis have been extremely skilled all through the 2 legs. On the finish of that first leg on the Etihad Stadium, Jack Grealish took a ball to the face whereas mendacity on the bottom and that was a sign of what was to observe within the reverse fixture. 

And when Atletico couldn’t get what they wished on residence turf, they imploded. I used to be all the time robust as a participant, however I’d wish to assume I used to be honest too. 

We weren’t merely on this enterprise to dish out bruises and get beneath the skins of our opponents. We wished to win; not simply cease them from profitable. 

And let me let you know, when you may have helped your workforce to a victory, there’s no satisfaction prefer it. 

However Atletico didn’t try this. They took it too far with their single-mindedness in desirous to cease Metropolis they usually solely regarded like scoring as soon as they began to offer it a go in the direction of the tip of those two legs within the last 20 minutes. 

Simeone’s facet are essentially the most annoying workforce in Europe for what they do. They’re skilled spoilers. Atletico had males despatched off in every of their group video games in opposition to Liverpool and in opposition to Metropolis, they took it up a notch, taking ill-discipline to a different stage. 

A melee broke out towards the end of the second leg after Felipe's hack on Phil Foden

A melee broke out in the direction of the tip of the second leg after Felipe’s hack on Phil Foden

The scenes at full time, resembling a pitch-side mini-riot, have been all the time an accident ready to occur. 

However Metropolis gained in the long run. Soccer gained, you would possibly say. 

Pep Guardiola managed the 2 legs superbly. Metropolis obtained out of it, holding two clear sheets, they usually’re those within the semi finals of the Champions League. 

Ultimately, the workforce that wished to play soccer defeated the one which didn’t. 

f Atletico's Stefan Savic escaped a red card despite appearing to headbutt Raheem Sterling

f Atletico’s Stefan Savic escaped a crimson card regardless of showing to headbutt Raheem Sterling