Levante faced Atletico Madrid in their home on Tuesday in La Liga. The match ended for a 1-0 victory for the visitors with an own goal of Bruno Gonzalez. Here is our exclusive Levante vs Atletico Madrid Match review. Diego Simeone’s side have now claimed seven points out of nine since the resumption of the season in Spain and are unbeaten since they lost 1-0 at Real Madrid on February 1.
Team Line-ups and Game Review
Our Levante vs Atletico Madrid match review also includes the starting lineups of both teams.
Unlike the scoreline, the match was never very close. Atletico mainly dominated the match with few moments of Levante attacks. Simeone lined up his side with the regular 4-4-2 system. But there’s a surprise. Marcos Llorente started in the midfield for ATM and he performed superbly. It was him whose pass resulted in a goal for Atletico. He was everywhere in the pitch. He pressed high, supported Costa and connected with Arias to create chances for his team.
Carrasco and Arias were also included in the squad in place of Joao Felix and Sime Vrsaljko respectively and they have done their jobs well. Saul also had a good game. He mainly operated in the RW but sometimes did cut in centrally to create an overload. Atletico missed a lot of chances. They took 15 shots out of which 7 was on target. Off the ball, Atletico pressed high with Costa and Llorente upfront. They closed the central channels forcing the opponent to go wide and it worked perfectly for them. Overall they pulled off a great performance.
Levante, on the other hand, looked messed up for most of the match. Paco Lopez’s boys started in a 4-4-2 formation They have dominated the possession but most of them were in their half. They mainly played lateral passes and back passes which doesn’t contribute to attacks. They were forced to go wide as Atletico dominated the midfield. Though both Levante fullbacks Tono and Coke have tried hard and put some great crosses, they did not affect much. They missed the visionary passing of Campana. Chances were created after his inclusion, but Levante strikers were not up to the mark.
Is Simeone’s team strong enough to compete for Europe?
The match was a tricky one for Atletico as they have only defeated Levante in their home since 2014. But they played well and won the match. This match demanded some tough physical contest as foul counts for both the teams are in double-digit. But with this victory, Atletico have solidified their place in the third spot and is continuing with their winning streak while Levante faced their first defeat since the restart of La Liga.
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