Atletico Madrid against Leganes put two Argentinian tacticians to the test. Both Simeone and Pellegrino identify with a more defensive, counter-attacking style of play. Those two styles could not be more apparent in a lackluster first half with very few chances. Atletico have never scored a goal at the Butarque and they failed to even register a shot on target in the first 45 minutes. It took a half-time team talk from Cholo to shift the momentum in Atletico’s favor as they piled on the pressure. The Frenchman, Griezmann, gave the Colcheneros the lead via a free kick. But Leganes, against the run of play, would roar back with a late equalizer off of their own set piece. Honors were even giving, Real Madrid a chance to move up the table and for Oscar and Leganes another point away from the relegation zone.
Real Madrid loanee, Oscar Rodriguez, once again started for Leganes—playing the full 90 minutes. Pellegrino tasked the youngster with cutting off supply to Atletico’s defensive midfielder, Rodri. It was a delicate balance for Oscar as he had to prepared for a quick transition into attack, where he would position himself in the half space between Arias and Rodri. Further on the attacking side of the game, both sides had limited possession meaning limited involvement for Oscar, but he did create the two best opportunities of the game in the first half—a volley back across goal which El Nesyri nearly scored off of and then a free kick just outside the box:
It was a tale of two halves for Atletico Madrid, who really upped their game for the last 45 minutes. It was attacking onslaught after attacking onslaught and Oscar Rodriguez was often forced to sit just outside his 18 yard box. Once possession was won, Leganes, and in particular Oscar on a few occasions, had to lump the ball out to El Nesyri the lone option forward. Antione Griezmann broke the deadlock with a beautiful free kick, that arguably Cuellar could have done more on (*cough, cough Lunin) to save. Oscar was very quiet in the second half and only had a handful of touches. Despite Atletico’s impressive play, Leganes were able to grab an equalizer in the 81st minute, off a set piece (NOT taken by Oscar), and Carrillo bundled home the scraps. It was complacency and poor defending from Atletico as the home side refused to give up. Again, a positive day from Real Madrid stand point as rivals Atletico drop points and Oscar continues to play and develop against the best of La Liga.
2 shots (0 on target)
1 key pass
79.5% passing accuracy (2nd best on team) from 39 passes
63 touches (most on the team)
3 successful dribbles (joint leader on team)
Dispossessed 4 times
Oscar Rodriguez Match Rating: 6 / 10