What happened with Atletico in the 2nd game, drd23 ?
Barcelona has started the season in a 4231, with Busquets and de Jong as controlling midfielders and Messi as a false 9. Definitely a more suitable role for de Jong than last season. Fati has started the season really well and Coutinho is playing, but Griezmann on the right is still out of position. He will play a lot, coz they can't rely on Dembele and also Fati is still only 17, and can't play every game.
I haven't watched the whole game, but it seems that it was a classic Atletico performance against a team that is happy to just park the bus.
Huesca defended well, Atleti lacked the directness and creativity (outside of Joao Felix) required to break them down, the FBs had bad games in terms of delivering the ball into the box, and what chances did arise weren't taken. Throw in a little bit of squad rotation because of the condensed fixture meaning that a guy like Vitolo started when he's really someone who should have been sold already and that is what you get
Neto, Gerard Piqué, Ronald Araújo, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Philippe Coutinho, Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Lionel Messi, Ansu Fati, Antoine Griezmann.
Subs: Santiago Ramos Rodríguez, Miralem Pjanic, Martin Braithwaite, Ousmane Dembélé, Carles Aleñá, Pedro González, Sergiño Dest, Ricard Puig, Francisco Trincão, Iñaki Peña, Konrad De La Fuente, Arnau Urena Tenas.
Bono, Diego Carlos, Jules Koundé, Marcos Acuña, Jesús Navas, Fernando, Joan Jordán, Ivan Rakitic, Luuk de Jong, Suso, Lucas Ocampos.
Subs: Alejandro Pozo, Javier Díaz, Franco Vázquez, Sergi Gómez, Sergio Escudero, Nemanja Gudelj, Tomás Vaclík, Óliver Torres, Munir El Haddadi, Carlos Fernández, Youssef En-Nesyri, Óscar Rodríguez.
Wonder if their new owner is backing them a bit more these days than what the Pozzos did?
Also will be interesting to see how they juggle Europa League with their La Liga campaign. Not all smaller clubs can juggle both successfully due to the increased physical/mental demands of playing twice a week.