The ‘Cholo’ Moreno –

Vicente Moreno, coach of Espanyol, gestures during the spanish league, La Liga Santander, football match played between Atletico de Madrid and RCD Espanyol at Wanda Metropolitano stadium on April 17, 2022, in Madrid, Spain.

In what lasted Atletico Madrid-Espanyol (2-1) this Sunday, which were more than 99 minutes as a result of the controversial final penalty, the territorial advantage was absolutely equal between rojiblancos and parakeets. 50-50. This is reflected in the statistics, which show how the infrequent approach of Vincent Morenowith a defense of five start (with the return of Sergi Gómez) that undid midway through the second half, became the shoe last of Diego Simeone’s teamwhom he emulated to unsuspected limits.

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*Data updated as of April 18, 2022

The possession he decanted slightly in favor of Atlético de Madrid (51.5%-48.5%), and also by very little the number of total passes (487-471), although in this Espanyol had greater success (83.7%-81.9%). The Blue and Whites were also much more restrained in the losses (114-144) and won more duels (45-40), which is quite a feat against the rojiblancos, but the locals defeated them in the recoveries (46-43). And, although in the total shots the thing is compensated, Vicente Moreno’s men shot more on goal (5-3).

one of the main differences was in the number centers (31 from Atlético, ten from Espanyol), and also curiously in the faults (18-12), although curiously when he had only committed three, at 34 minutes, he had already seen two yellow cards –Óscar Gil, who would condition the game, and Diego López for allegedly losing time, so soon–, and ended up suffering a penalty at the last moment.

These types of actions were the ones that tipped the scales against the bet of a Moreno who had already tested the defense of five last November, at the Camp Nou, having to disarm her on that occasion due to a dubious penalty by Leandro Cabrera on Memphis Depay that marked the sign of the game. An alternative that he has worked on, that gave Espanyol packaging, solidity and substance, and whose appearance is that it has come to stay, at least in numerous meetings at home.


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