It was a tale of two former Liverpool strikers at Camp Nou who decided the game with three goals and a red card among themselves. Fernando Torres turned out to be the pantomime villain for Atletico Madrid when he was sent off just 10 minutes after scoring the crucial away goal for his side.
Atletico Madrid’s high pressing and aggressive play ended up being their own enemy for the second time at Camp Nou this season. Back in January, a Felipe Luis’ red card handed the advantage to Barcelona after Atleti’s opening goal and same happened last night after Torres was sent off.
Barcelona for their part were very poor in finishing their chances with Neymar and Lionel Messi missing out on close chances. Atletico’s defense held on for an hour before Luis Suarez stepped up and score the equalizing goal.
Suarez was criticized for his off day against Real Madrid and was no where to be found vs. Atletico until the goal. Suarez has built his reputation of being Europe’s best striker this season and he proved it with another stunning headed finish on 75th minute to seal an important win for his team.
Diego Simeone must be frustrated with his team after they allowed Barcelona to comeback from behind and beat them for the third time this season. However, with second leg still to be played at Vicente Calderon, Atleti may still save the tie.
On that note, we take a look at the key talking points and things learned from Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou.
Torres was STUPID in his tackle
There was no justification to Fernando Torres going hard in his tackle on Sergio Busquets knowing he was already on a yellow card and how his team were leading 1-0. Busquets was in his own half and was facing his own goal, there was no need for Torres to lunge in the way he did.
In the end, red card did cost Atletico the game as they failed to keep out a relentless Barcelona side who were possessed to score the winning goal.
Suarez has become Europe’s master predator
Luis Suarez has now scored 45 goals in 45 appearances for Barcelona this season. His stats are beyond words and have indeed made him Europe’s finest striker.
At the moment, there are not too many players who can remain out of a game for 60 minutes then suddenly come back to life and score two well finished goals.
Suarez has adapted to playing for Barcelona where he knows that he is not responsible for doing everything on his own (like at Liverpool). Now he can wait for chances to fall for him and then he can score insane number of goals in a season, like he has done in last 12 months or so.
Atletico’s aggression leads to their own downfall
I am not surprised to see Diego Costa failing to control himself at Chelsea from doing something stupid on the name of aggressive football. It is the way Diego Simeone trains his players to play when they step on to the field.
Being aggressive is fine but if it is leading the team towards negative results then there has to be a different way of handling things. Atleti’s over-aggression has hurt them in the past and it may have ended their Champions League hopes for this season after the 2-1 defeat against Barcelona.
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