Immediate Reaction: Real Madrid 2 - 4 Atletico Madrid, UEFA Super Cup - football

Immediate Reaction: Real Madrid 2 - 4 Atletico Madrid, UEFA Super Cup



Real Madrid lose their first test of the season In Real Madrid?s most meaningful summer match until now ? and biggest test, to be sure ? Lopetegui?s men were bested in extra-time 2 - 4 (Benzema, Ramos; Costa x 2, Saul, Koke). This season is going to require a lot of patience, but there are encouraging things to take away, and a lot of kinks that need to be improved. Here?s our quick reaction. Still to come: player ratings, tactical review, and post-game podcast.

Bullet points from Kiyan?s notebook

Atletico started this match with pure adrenaline. Diego Costa?s goal in the first minute (where he uses two touches to take out Ramos and Varane ? both a step slow and possibly half-asleep to start ? before roofing it from an acute angle) was followed by a tremendous press from Simeone?s men. Marcelo, Kroos, and Isco ? three of the most press-resistant players on earth ? had a lot of difficulty escaping their flank deep. Atletico, in a weird twist, dominated possession early and counter-pressed high. At one point, Kroos was frustrated with the lack of outlets and started yelling at Casemiro?s positioning without the ball.
Diego Costa at the ANGLE pic.twitter.com/jTZulrttNv? Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 15, 2018

As the match wore on, Atleti?s press waned. They hedged into a deeper block and allowed Real Madrid some relief building from the back. Marcelo and Isco ? particularly Marcelo ? were key in breaking lines when lanes were clogged. Marcelo dribble...
source: managingmadrid
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