MU just won 3-2 over Tottenham over the weekend to end a series of 3 consecutive matches without knowing the smell of victory. Notably, Cristiano Ronaldo marked his comeback with a great hat-trick.
This will certainly be a great morale boost for coach Ralf Rangnick’s army in the reception against Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the 1/8 Champions League round, an arena where fans have high expectations for a championship.
However, Atletico Madrid is not an easy opponent to play in the European arena. Coach Diego Simeone’s teachers and students are always a “difficult” team for any big man to create the Champions League with a fiery play and a solid defense.
Moreover, Atletico Madrid is in extremely impressive form recently. Specifically, in the last 5 matches, in addition to the draw against MU in the first leg of the 1/8 Champions League round, the remaining 4 matches, the Wanda Metropolitano home team won.
Match progress MU vs Atletico Madrid
Coach Ralf Rangnick made 3 changes in the starting lineup of Man Utd. Bruno Fernandes immediately returned after testing negative for Covid-19, while McTominay was selected to replace Pogba to increase certainty in the middle. Meanwhile, Anthony Elanga – the player who scored the equalizer in the first leg was awarded the starting kick.
Given the importance of this match, both teams entered the game quite cautiously. MU created the first remarkable chance of the game with a quick attack.
Just 3 minutes later, Atletico Madrid players responded with a “cannonball” from a distance of more than 25 meters from Rodrigo De Paul. The ball went relatively uncomfortable but goalkeeper De Gea was very focused to save.
The lulling game was shown by both teams during the first 45 minutes. Although MU held the ball a lot, but was very stuck in deploying the ball to the visitors’ penalty area because the defense class was very scientifically organized. Ronaldo often had to step back quite far from the penalty area to participate in the attack organization, making MU lack the spearhead to put pressure on.
Deadlocked with the staff on the field, coach Ralf Rangnick decided to “all hands” in the last 20 minutes of the match with all the best attacking players left like Pogba, Rashford and Cavani.
The home team is almost looking for every possible solution to find a goal in the remaining 15 minutes of play. However, every hopeless cross from MU players could not penetrate the too solid defensive wall of coach Diego Simeone’s teachers and students. Neither Ronaldo nor Cavani produced any noticeable shots towards the goal of goalkeeper Oblak.
Atletico Madrid successfully defended the net until the final whistle sounded and deserved to win a place in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Meanwhile, MU will only have the goal of winning a position in the top 4 of the Premier League to save the season of complete failure.
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