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Colchonero Chat 95: Eyes off the prize

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Jeremy Beren and Rob Walker analyze a frustrating draw with Girona and preview Atlético’s comeback attempt at Sevilla.

Atletico Madrid v Girona - La Liga Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Rob Walker (@rwalk03) is a staff writer at Into the Calderón and the guest on this edition of Colchonero Chat. Rob and Into the Calderón site manager Jeremy Beren (@JBBeren) discuss Atlético Madrid’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Girona from Saturday (which is when this episode was recorded).

The guys express surprise at Diego Simeone’s decision to match Girona’s unconventional formation before reverting to type and analyze why Atlético appeared so lackadaisical for so much of the game. They also take a magnifying glass to Simeone’s substitutions of Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann, both of which contributed to Girona’s equalizer.

After that, Rob and Jeremy choose their best player from the season’s first five months and preview Tuesday’s Copa del Rey fixture at Sevilla, which will see Atlético make due without Costa’s services (groin injury) as they try to rally from a 2-1 deficit in hostile territory.

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