Alavés falls to last place after the defeat against Atlético. With Calleja in this League he scored 15 points in 18 games, an average of 0.83 per game. With Mendilíbar he has 7 in 12 commitments (0.58 on average). The descent is closer.
Pacheco: He couldn’t do anything at 1-0 because Joao Félix finished off the squad. Stops in the second part, but unable to stop the bleeding. He looks resigned and that’s bad for one of the captains.
Tenaglia: Intense and committed in general terms, but surpassed by the mattress banking men. Overcome by their rivals, especially at the end of the match. He arrived in the winter market and has found himself with a dying project.
The guard: He was a bit portrayed in Atlético’s initial goal because he missed the mark. Then he is not at a great level either. He is a victim of defensive bleeding although he is always very involved. The stats can say whatever, but he doesn’t have a good feeling or himself.
The young man: Very involved at the beginning, concentrated and attentive to the attack of the rivals. In the second half, he lowered his performance and committed an innocent boy penalty because he kicked the rival. Messy at the end. If Ximo Navarro shows good form, he can steal his wallet.
Duarte: He suffered with the mattress attacks and, specifically, with Vrsaljko, who was the author of the assist in the 1-0. In the 46th minute he was replaced by Ximo Navarro. Javi López’s injury now leaves him as the only reference on the left wing. Saúl is insignificant in this team.
Pineapple: Ahead of the defence, trying to cut off the local rush and trying to create from midfield up. Vrsaljko elbowed him indefensible almost at halftime. He didn’t even see yellow. Substituted in the second half. Mendilibar denounced him in the press room
Climbing: Defensive pivot in midfield, committed, but not very important in the first part of the game. Author of the headed goal in the second half. In the end he was useless. He is an involved and essential player right now.
Pons: Overcome, like his core teammates, in the first half. He had muscle problems in the biceps femoris just before the break. He didn’t come out in the second half. The normal thing is that he does not continue in Vitoria next season.
Edgar: Trying to reach the rival area, but with little verticality. He switched wings with Luis Rioja in the first half, but the team had little offensive presence in the first half. Replaced. He is one of the classiest players in this group, but he is almost always on the ground complaining.
The Rioja: It has dropped in benefits in the second round. A good service from Joselu enabled him in the first half, but Oblak was right and anticipated. Then he was inconsequential. With hardly any presence in the game.
Joselu: Very blurred. Aerial duels won, some quality passes and little else. It seems that his head is somewhere else and it is understandable after what he experienced last summer. He will go to another club and Glorious, presumably, will go to the Second Division.
X. Navarro: He came on after the break in the game playing left back to replace Rubén Duarte. He made some specific mistakes, but, in general, he defended himself in a demarcation that is not his. He has turned down two renewal offers so it looks like he will pack his bags.
Vallejo: Incisive in the first minutes of the second half and lost in the night of time in the rest of the second half. Inconsequential and without ascendancy over the party. He does not play by system (4-1-4-1), but then he does not claim himself especially.
Lou: All week with Senegal to get the World Cup passport in Qatar and with just one training session. Mendilibar suggested in the preview that he could start, but he ended up coming off the bench. Little time, little presence and no impact on the duel.
Pellistri: Another who comes from qualifying his country for the World Cup. He will return to Manchester United, he will play in Qatar and he will not lose sleep either because the Babazorros go to LaLiga SmartBank. He touched two balls and point. He didn’t lose them, but he didn’t create danger either.
From the source: Few minutes and no time to prove anything. When Mendilibar arrived, he gave it more prominence, but in the end he has lost it. He experienced the worst moment of the duel, with a disheveled Atlético de Madrid.