Atlético Madrid’s stuttering continued at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday as Celta Vigo held them to a 0-0 draw, extending the home team’s run without a win to three games in all competitions.

The La Liga fixture was a crucial one as Celta Vigo looked to get back to winning ways whilst Atlético were keen to get back on track, fresh off the bounce from a last-minute equaliser against Juventus in midweek after an intense battle in the Champions League.

This tactical analysis will consider what both Atlético Madrid and Celta Vigo can learn from the game as Simeone used his tactics in an intriguing battle with Fran Escribá.


La Liga 2019/20: Atletico Madrid vs Celta Vigo tactical analysis tactics
Simeone made several changes to his line-up, giving league debuts to Felipe and Héctor Herrera.

After the exertions of facing the Serie A champions, Simeone understandably looked to make changes. Felipe, midweek hero Héctor Herrera and Ángel Correa all came into the side as Stefan Savić, Thomas Partey and Thomas Lemar made way. What was perhaps most surprising was that the main centre-forward alongside Diego Costa for much of the tie was Correa, rather than João Félix.

Escribá was forced into changes as Jorge Sáenz and Fran Beltrán served suspensions for their red cards against Granada. Néstor Araújo and Okay Yokuslu came into the side, with Rafinha also coming in for Brais Méndez for his second debut having returned to the club in the summer.

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