What Neymar pass hasn't been intercepted in this game?Started from a Neymar pass that got intercepted, followed by Modric slicing thru over half of PSG's squad for a 30-yard sprint, Vini passing up a shot he probably shouldn't have, followed by Modric playing in Benz for the go ahead goal. Jeez.
In this second half at least, Benzema and Modric are the only people who feel competent.Real Madrid seem so mediocre this year -- for their standards -- but keep finding ways to pressure their opponents into making mistakes and taking advantage of these moments. That, or PSG is garbage.
He's hurt all the time and is 30. Ronaldo and Ronaldinho were both pretty much done at that age.Neymar plays like (a) he doesn't have the extra gear anymore and/or (b) he just doesn't care. I can't decide if it's A, B, or both.
Both. With Reinildo, the defense is back to being stronger and more reliable. Because Reinildo allows Simeone to play Lodi (or Carrasco) and because Simeone has decided to start Luis Suarez on the bench, the team has found an improved offensive rhythm. Unfortunately, in this line-up, Griezmann now starts ahead of Correa, but I really like seeing Joao Feliz, Griezmann, Koke, Lodi, Llorente, and De Paul all play together.It seems like Atleti have been on a solid run of form for almost 2 months now. In your opinion are they starting to hit their stride, or just clawing out results?
We get both Vrsaljko and Felipe, with Felipe playing in the middle of the three CBs and Vrsaljko on the right wing. The benefit of this formation is that it allows Marcos Llorente to play in his stronger position, which is more up the pitch rather than defensive. The other consequence of this move is that it puts De Paul on the bench -- which is now quite strong with Correa, Lemar, Suarez, De Paul, and Cunha.Today is the day!
For the match against Man City, Atletico is without Hector Herrera and Jose Gimenez (injured) and Carrasco (red card suspension). Herrera's absence puts Kondobgia as the defensive midfielder the starting XI, while Lodi plays instead of Carrasco as the attacking left bank. The real question mark is what Simeone chooses to do to replace Gimenez -- we could see Vrsaljko or Felipe, which are two options that cause some concern.
The non-defense is certainly strong with Joao Feliz, Griezmann, Koke, and De Paul -- so the hope is that these guys are at the top of their game.