After three consecutive losses, Atlético desperately needed a win on Saturday night. Deportivo proved to be the perfect opponents, as los Rojiblancos avoid further talks of crisis at the Vicente Calderon with a 2-0 win.
The visitors lack quality players and offensive prowess, and decided to sit back with a defensive 5-4-1 formation.
As a result Deportivo didn’t get a single shot on De Gea’s goal all night. Their defence didn’t prove as solid as coach Lotina would have hoped, and this soon became an easy night for Atlético with our individual class shining through.
Sergio Agüero was the big man tonight. In the fifth minute he was brought down by goalkeeper Aranzubia and awarded a penalty kick.
Diego Forlán missed the spot kick, but Agüero made sure Atleti took the lead within ten minutes. Arguably in an offside position, he was put through by José Antonio Reyes in the 8th minute. The Argentine cut inside past his marker, beat another defender and then calmly slotted the ball home with his left foot.
At the half way point, Agüero made it 2-0. He played a one-two with Raúl García and subtly chipped the ball over Aranzubia.
While Kun was setting the Calderón on fire it certainly wasn’t Diego Forlán’s night.
The Uruguayan missed the penalty earlier and saw a magnificent free-kick strike the post and bounce across goal after a good save from Aranzubia.
Shortly after he was picked out inside the box by Simão, but both of Forlán’s attempts were blocked by defenders.
After the break we took our foot off the gas, without allowing Deportivo to get anywhere near goal. Cautious of Atleti’s quick counter attacks Lotina decided to stick with his five defenders, which made for an unspectacular second half.
Near the end our forwards missed a handful of opportunities to make it 3-0. The biggest miss of the night came from Agüero, who failed to get his hat-trick. He rounded the goalkeeper, but from a tight angle put the ball past the wrong side of the post.
Line-up: De Gea; Ujfalusi, Perea, Domínguez; Filipe; Reyes (“86 Diego Costa), Tiago, Raúl García (“83 Mario Suárez), Simão; Forlán (“79 Fran Mérida) and Agüero.
Goals: 1-0 Agüero (“8); 2-0 Agüero (“35)