As Osasuna likes, the party began as one of those relentless battles, with comings and goings, in which the fiercest triumphs. But the one who succeeded, not without skill and struggle, was the most talented, a João Félix that crystallized in the two goals in Pamplona his capital importance at Atlético, the personification of the most well-trodden path to goal. The Portuguese is the helm of the rojiblanco attack, despite the little volume of play that Simeone’s team accumulates.
Atlético took the lead in minutes of red superiority, almost at halftime, with a penalty that Vitolo forced, more than Roncaglia committing it, in a good run down the left that generated and culminated with a goal by João Félix.
Without Luis Suárez or Diego Costa, the absence of the usual rojiblanca reference figure conditioned the result of Simeone’s natural attack attempts in the first half. In addition, with profuse rumors of the imminent signing of Kondogbia, the midfield suffered from physicality and dominance, without the ability to command a game that went under Osasuna’s designs until the goals.
Good second half
The second half began with a missed penalty from João Félix. Crashed with the stick, just like Correa a minute later, in search of a goal for the immediate sentence that Atlético went to look for with determination.
Simeone’s team was installed in the rival field and speed appeared in the circulation, the interior and deep passes, the arrival on the wings and the chances. In one of those, in a counterattack that Correa fought as if his life depended on it, João Félix redeemed himself from his failure and consecrated another red and white victory for the locker, without a memorable performance, but with the effectiveness required by Simeone and his approach to football.
Before, ten minutes from the end, a goal from Budimir for Osasuna, he returned to the game an emotion that dissipated with Atlético’s third goal, from the Uruguayan Torreira.
Athletic: Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Giménez, Hermoso; Llorente, Koke, Herrera, Vitolo; João Félix (Torreira, m. 83), Correa (Lemar, m. 85). Technical: Diego Simeone.
Osasuna: Herrera; Roncaglia (Nacho Vidal, m. 83), Unai García, David García, Íñigo Pérez; Rubén García, Oier (Torró, m. 59), Moncayola, Jony (Roberto Torres, m. 67); Adrián (Budimir, m. 77), Enric Gallego (Kike Barja, m. 77). Technical: Jagoba Arrasate.
Goals: 0-1 (m. 42) João Félix from a penalty. 0-2 (m. 69) João Félix culminates a counterattack. 1-2 (m. 79) Budimir head. 1-3 (m. 88) Torreira with a shot to the square.