“Atlético de Simeone is a defensive team and very strong from set pieces.” One of the many football topics that they do not take into account the tactical evolution of the teams or the change in their qualities over the years. Something that is easily refuted with data. The rojiblanco team, champion of the last League, scored 67 goals in 38 days (1.77 per game), A figure only surpassed by Barcelona and which was consistent with a football with more possession, presence in the rival area and chances generated. In this course it is taking more to find the goal, but he is the fourth highest scorer in the competition.
In the negative section, that aerial power and strategy has declined since that Atlético that swept away in the corners and side fouls, with great headers such as Falcao, Godín, Miranda, Diego Costa, Raúl García or Tiago among others. This season, Atlético is the second team that has taken the most corners from LaLiga with 46, same figure as Real Madrid and only surpassed by Athletic (57). Of these, the Opta data indicates that 12 were good (they found a partner), somewhat improved only by Rayo (17) and Betis (14) and where it is tied with Athletic.
However, despite the fact that Atlético top the lists in corners and side fouls, they have not scored any goals through them. If Athletic adds four goals with centers from set pieces, for the three from Seville, Mallorca and Real Madrid, the rojiblanco team remains at zero. Atlético did score a header, in Getafe to win with the center of Vrsaljko and the good shot by Luis Suárez, but in the strategy they are stuck.
Something that is aggravated considering that in one’s own area it does suffer in this fate. Atlético was having a bad time in Cornellà and In an error in Llorente’s mark, De Tomás ended up finishing off a header with only one center from Embarba to overtake Espanyol. The rojiblanco team was able to turn the scoreboard with much suffering, thanks to Lemar’s goal in the 98th minute with which he took all three points from Barcelona. Nevertheless, He could not recover from the early goal of Laguardia in the visit to Alavés, a poorly defended header by Savic and Felipe that ended in victory for the local team, as Atlético could not pierce Pacheco’s goal.
Two goals against at the exit corners that coincided with the only two games that Giménez has not participated in so far in the League. The Uruguayan is probably the player with the greatest aerial potential in the squad, although the team will have to recover from his absence after suffering a muscle injury with his national team. But also with Giménez on the field, Milan ended up scoring in the Champions League after a poorly defended corner that fell at the feet of Brahim and he was able to drive in the area until he gave way back for Leao’s goal.
And that Atlético has great corner pitchers, adding to Trippier, Lemar and Koke the presence of a De Paul who is an expert in the field (Last season he was the third best centering player in Serie A with 72 shipments finished off and he got 34 good assists from set pieces, where two of them ended in goal). Keep in mind that last season Atlético was the fifth team with the most corners in LaLiga (196), surpassed by Real Madrid (224), Barcelona (217), Eibar (198) and Athletic (197).
The rojiblanco team managed to improve their numbers a lot in this facet compared to the previous year, achieving nine assists from set pieces (the third team with the most) and regaining strength in the strategy. Something that has been stuck again this season, where the coaching staff strives to improve their numbers a lot first to avoid suffering behind and then to turn the corners into a danger for the rival goal. During the break it has been one of the points where Simeone has worked the most, who wants to be strong again in that section.