Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix remonstrates with the referee’s assistant during the game against Granada at Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes, Granada December 22, 2021. — Reuters pic
MADRID, Dec 23 — Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone confronted improved strain on Wednesday immediately after the La Liga champions slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat by Granada on Wednesday.
With Atletico owning dropped four successive league matches for the to start with time since Simeone took cost in 2011, the Argentine’s purpose has arrive under scrutiny from both equally club supporters and Spanish media.
It took much less than two minutes for Joao Felix to hearth Atletico forward with a fantastic lower shot from the edge of the box, with the target demonstrating why the enthusiasts had been urging Simeone to participate in the Portuguese striker from the commence extra frequently.
But Granada equalised 15 minutes later with a stupendous prolonged shot from Darwin Machis.
The indefatigable Joao Felix desperately attempted to rating a 2nd target but he was pissed off by an similarly identified Granada who uncovered the winner halfway by means of the 2nd fifty percent thanks to Jorge Molina.
Granada survived a frenzied ultimate 20 minutes in the course of which Atletico desperately attempted to rating an equaliser with out achievement.
It was Granada’s 1st acquire versus Atletico given that 1973, ending a 25-activity winless streak.
Simeone’s judgment is consistently being questioned as Atletico’s normally rock-strong defence has now leaked in 22 goals in 18 games this period, with the champions maintaining only 5 thoroughly clean sheets in LaLiga throughout that time.
In distinction, they experienced conceded only 8 plans at the identical stage through their 2021-2022 marketing campaign.
“That are inexplicable issues going on with our team.” Atletico’s captain Koke explained to reporters.
“We dominate the games and out of the blue they (opponents) occur and score an incredible intention in their only opportunity. It’s all about the information. It is not reasonable.” — Reuters