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Atletico recover their defensive armour

Atletico Madrid Four clean sheets in a row

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After chaining together a 2-0 defeat in San Sebastian and a 2-2 draw with Juventus, Atletico Madrid are showing that they can still shut teams out and keep clean sheets.

In the four games since, Jan Oblak hasn’t had to pick the ball out of his own net and Los Rojiblancos have restricted their opponents’ efforts.

It’s true that Real Mallorca crashed the post and that Oblak had to be at his best at points against Real Madrid and Lokomotiv Moscow, but there’s no doubt that they’re showing signs of rediscovering their defensive touch.

Oblak was little more than a spectator for most of the game in Moscow, before having to make two consecutive saves to deny Grzegorz Krychowiak.

Diego Costa, Joao Felix, Thomas Partey, Jose Maria Gimenez and Felipe have done well, but before pointing to individuals it’s Atletico‘s work as a collective that has impressed most.

Stefan Savic had started as Gimenez‘s partner, but Felipe appears to have won his place, showing a great rapport with the Uruguayan.

The foundations are there, and Atletico are back to doing what they know best.

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