Atletico Madrid 0-0 Celta Vigo: 3 reasons why Los Rojiblancos failed to win | LaLiga 2019/20
#2 Atletico's defense kept Celta Vigo at bay
While the Atletico attack pushed for a goal in the final third throughout the game, Celta Vigo's attack was less successful. However, it is notable that Celticos had six shots on goal with three on target - a much better conversion rate than Atletico.
Save one bright chance thanks to Mina's through-pass to Mendez, Atletico Madrid held down the fort effectively and efficiently. Wing-backs Trippier and Lodi made nine tackles in total. Midfielder Koke made the highest number of interceptions on the Atletico team, while Felipe won four aerial duels - including one that nearly put Atletico ahead in the first minute.
Most notable of the defenders was Kieran Trippier. The former Tottenham Hotspur man helped his team with five key passes, five clearances, two interceptions, and a block.
#1 Celta Vigo's defense was almost as firm as Atleti's
Despite the number of chances Atletico had to put the game ahead, Celticos kept Los Rojiblancos strongly at bay. Many of the shots goalkeeper Ruben Blanco had to save were from long distance, and this was thanks to Celta's deep defensive line.
Blanco was especially adept, and has been praised throughout this article already. However, another player who kept his ground defensively and ensured a clean sheet for Celta was center-half Nestor Araujo.
The 28-year-old Mexican won six aerial duels, made five tackles, had four clearances, and blocked two shots.
Whenever an Atletico attack caught the Celta defense unaware, they had Blanco as the last line of defense. The goalkeeper showed his top form in today's game, and he will be glad to successfully take a clean sheet against such a strong Atletico side.