Well that really was a brilliant game of football. Two very contrasting playing styles coming up against each other, and the so called 'anti-football' came out on top.
Diego Simeone is a truly incredible manager, and the way he gets his teams - even this not-as-good-as-past-years Atletico Madrid - to fight and never give up, is scintillating. Usually managers who play this way are lambasted, but the way Simeone's side does it makes it an art form. When Roberto Firmino scored, I thought it was tie over. But the way they fought back and grabbed three more goals in extra time really sums them up. Simeone has ingrained his personality right throughout that side. Stefan Savic looked a mighty fine defender compared to his days at Manchester City, Kieran Trippier is rejuvenated, Joao Felix was bright up front, while Thomas Partey was utterly sensational in midfield. But the man they truly have to thank for this victory is Jan Oblak.
For me, Oblak is the world's best goalkeeper. He's such a phenomenal player, and Simeone's description of him being as match winning and influential as Lionel Messi may be somewhat accurate. Of course other players were impressive, but his incredible saves and presence in goal was the biggest factor. Or maybe the biggest factor was the man in Liverpool's goal.
In my preview of this game, I said no Alisson was going to be a huge blow, and Adrian had been looking dodgy in recent games. Yesterday proved why you need a top keeper in net. Liverpool were set to win that game, but Adrian's two mistakes (he had to save the second goal too) simply cost them. Look, Liverpool missed a lot of chances, and had Mohamed Salah scored from one of the 100 shots he had, had Sadio Mane rifled that overhead kick into the back of the net, had Roberto Firmino been an actual striker, then the Reds would have won the game inside 90 minutes. But Adrian's mistakes were still the decisive moments.
It is clear to me that Liverpool have to buy an out and out number nine in the summer if they want to take the next step to the elite level. For all of Firmino's good work, he is pretty average when it comes to scoring goals. And I mean, he is a striker. So that's a bit dodgy.
I was going to talk about Spurs in a post yesterday, but I feel like there's nothing left to say about them. Just go read my thoughts on them from last week's post, because the same still applies after their 3-0 drubbing against Leipzig.
So that's all for today. I'll be back soon with another post.