A goal every three shots averages in this LaLiga Santander season Marcos Llorente placeholder image, the scorer of a vital and suffered victory of the Atlético de Madrid on Elche (0-1), the essential element in 17 of the 76 points of his leadership and the author of a penalty that put everything in doubt until he was repelled by the post, heading to play everything in a week with him Barcelona at the Camp Nou, with victory as the only support for his dependence on himself.
When the rojiblanco team suffered in the final moments, which no longer resembled the ambitious and overwhelming team that began the duel and managed the entire first half, because again they had backed down to preserve the advantage rather than to increase it and sentence the match, a penalty arose in the 89th minute that could change the match, by the hand of Marcos Llorente placeholder image in a jump inside the area, with 0-1 on the scoreboard.
“Starting from the premise that I don’t believe in luck, it is true that, in the end, if he did get to goal, he was Jan (Oblak), who had guessed the shot. In the end, we got the three points, which was the most important thing, and it gives us a lot of strength for what remains ”, expressed the midfielder himself to ‘Movistar‘at the end of the crash.
Twelve goals and ten assists in 34 games, of which he only missed one – per cycle of five yellow cards in 1-1 against him. Real Betis at Benito Villamarín- they express the contribution of the rojiblanco ’14’ to the immovable leadership of his team since last December 16; in the last 17 days in an unalterable way.
In the four most recent appointments, of which his team only lost one (2-1 against el Athletic Club in the new San Mamés), has added four goals and two goals to confirm today as the most visible solution in attack -with the permission of Luis Suarez– from a team that recovered game, strength and determination in the first half of its visit to Martínez Valero, but then lost it, once again committed to a conservative plan that played with fire.
Then, Llorente he had launched the triumph. A pass from the Belgian Yannick Carrasco, finished 1-0 in the 24th minute. Another three points for Atlético with his signature, decisive in 17 points this season, either because of his goals or because of his assists, without going to assess other qualities – overflow, driving or power- also transcendent in many of the rojiblancos triumphs of this course.
Without their goals or their passes, the team of Diego Simeon
and He would not have won this Saturday in Elche (0-1), nor would he have won against Betis (he opened the scoring at 2-0), against Alavés (1-2), against Athletic Club at the Wanda Metropolitano (2-1) and against Granada (1-2). Or it would not have tied with Levante and Real Madrid.
The dimension of his league season is even more expressive in comparison: he is the highest scoring midfielder in LaLiga Santander, with only five rounds left -four for him- and the ninth best of the entire tournament, ahead, for example, from Antoine Griezmann and nothing else surpassed by undisputed scorers, like Lionel Messi, Karim Benzema, Luis Suárez, Gerard Moreno, Youseff En Nesyri, Aleksander Isak and Iago Aspas. Only they pass Llorente.