Marcelino: “We went from 2-1 to a losing goal”


Marcelino García Toral, coach of Villarreal, analyzed the rivalry his team lost against Atlético de Madrid.


“It’s a shame, especially how the last stretch opened. You go from having a clear chance to be 2-1, and a minute later the defeat comes. But well, we overcame a very good start from Atlético and from the 25th minute onwards we succeeded, wanting to win until the end.


“Statistics say, we concede the most set pieces. We were effective but Witsel’s shot was extraordinary. This time, the goal came because of the rival’s victory.”

loose beginning

“It took us a long time to get in. We are not very intense, there is a lot of backward play. The only normal thing is that in our house we put the rival in their place. The chance that Atlético created from the very beginning created doubts in us. And it must be recognized that Atlético had chances to put more against us. In the second half I think we were superior. We scored a goal, we wanted to win and we couldn’t but we changed the negative mentality for a positive one.”


“We wanted to generate more and for Atlético to generate less for us. It is always a handicap to play without a side. We started to play 4-3-3. But Atlético between the initial goal and its defensive hierarchy and the fact that we weren’t very clear between the lines and weren’t accurate with the ball, prevented us from creating chances. In the second half we were better.”


“The beginning of the game bothered us. But then we were good. And we had a very good mindset. In the second half we tried to level the score, we did it quickly. And from there it was we continued to try to win. In football victory is decisive. “We had a 2-1 lead, we didn’t take advantage of it and Atlético took advantage of theirs. The thought was good and the reaction was extraordinary. The players are happy and proud of their work and their desire to win until the end.”

Source: La Verdad


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