Atlético Madrid went into this tie against Eibar knowing that a win would send them top as the sole leader in La Liga. In a thrilling and intriguing tactical battle which ended 3-2, Eibar provided an early shock but would eventually be overturned by Diego Simeone’s fine tactical manoeuvring in the second half.
Expectations were high but things didn’t get off to an ideal start as they crashed to a 2-0 deficit early on in the first half. Charles and Anaitz Arbilla both got on the scoresheet with similar efforts, but João Félix pulled one back before the break. A tactical mix-up from Simeone saw Vitolo score the equaliser with another substitute, Thomas Partey, adding the winner late on in injury time.
This tactical analysis will consider what both Atlético Madrid and Eibar can learn from the game as Simeone used his tactics to overcome José Luis Mendilibar.
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