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Can Costa and Morata play together?

Atletico Madrid Not much bite in Sunday’s draw

Rafa Casal

Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata both started up front in Atletico Madrid‘s 0-0 draw with Real Valladolid, but they couldn’t create much in attack and questions have to be asked about the strategy of them playing together.

Diego Simeone seems keen to make this partnership work, although he may have to go back to the drawing board.

Although some football textbooks will tell you that the best players always have to play and that organising them efficiently is secondary, it might not be true for Atletico Madrid.

Costa and Morata haven’t always played together this season, due to injuries and suspensions, and there’s a case to be made that Atletico looked more dangerous in these matches.

When they started together against Real Valladolid, the Pucela defenders hardly suffered.

There is merit to winning the second ball, but sending long balls forward that your strikers have no chance of getting just to try to win that second ball is a strange strategy.

With players like Koke and Joao Felix who can play through-the-needle passes, maybe a different strategy is needed.

The Atleti defence was the best aspect of the Rojiblanco performance.

They haven’t conceded in five matches.

Atletico Madrid gifted the entire first half, waiting to up the acceleration in the second 45 minutes.

Saul spoke after the game about needing to go for it from minute one and he is right.

The first dangerous shot for Atletico Madrid in this match was the Angel Correa attempt in the 82nd minute that struck the post.

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