Atletico Madrid are now Seven points off La Liga leaders Barcelona as Diego Simeone’s men continued to disappoint in a 1-1 Draw against Eibar. Atleti’s teenage forward Borja Garces spared them the blushes when he canceled out Sergi Enrich’s ( 87th Minute) Goal in stoppage time to salvage a draw. These aren’t good times for the Los Rojiblancos despite a good transfer window and a good mix of experience and youth, they are failing to make the desired impact.
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Atletico Madrid had so much going for them at the start of the Season. First of all, they kept hold of Antoine Griezmann who seemed all set to leave for Barcelona. Secondly, they held on to all their stars and even added names like Thomas Lemar, Gelson Martins and Santiago Arias in the Summer. Thirdly, they started so well against Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup, that everyone, myself included, expected them to genuinely challenge for the La Liga title. But sadly, it seems like the Los Rojiblancos are losing the plot.
First off, before we criticise Atletico Madrid too much, credit must be given where it’s due. Eibar’s keeper, Marko Dmitrovic had a terrific game and was instrumental in denying Diego Simeone’s men a goal for 90 minutes, only to concede in stoppage time. Dmitrovic denied Antoine Griezmann, Saul, Diego Costa, and Diego Godin and these are just at the top of my head. The Serbian was clearly a frustration for the Atleti players and deserves a pat on the back.
Eibar went on to open the scoring in the 87th minute when Sergi Enrich shot the ball past Jan Oblak after a deflection, fortunately, fell perfectly for him. Eibar looked all set to pull off a shock win before Atletico found an unlikely equalizer through an unknown entity. Atleti Substitute Borja Garces drove the ball into the goal from 15 yards from a Griezmann pass just seconds before time.
Atleti will need to bounce back as soon as possible and considering they have only 15 fit first-team players, individual performances like Borja Garces’ will be more than Welcome.