Saturday, October 1

The great thorn of Oblak

Jan Oblak does not live his best moment in the Atlantic. The goalkeeper, considered by many the best of the last five years, He has experienced a series of improper failures in him during this season. Real Sociedad, Getafe or Cdiz lived with ‘surprise’ as the Slovenian helped them to add on their scoreboard … Yes, the same as so many times he raised walls between the three suits.

And so it comes to this Super Cup, knowing that you need a great deal of action to remove doubts and regain that security in his qualities, countless over the last few years. Return to its majestic level, in short. The one that gave so many points to an Atltico that could not be understood without the saving stops of the Slovenian.

Hero in the semifinals in Arabia 2020

For Jan, in code Spanish Super Cup, there is a special memory .. on the positive. We talk about semi-finals of the 2020 edition in which the Slovenian was the protagonist for remove the Bara. That 2-3 went down in history for the decisive goal by Correa, but Simeone’s men would not have reached the decisive minutes if it had not been for the goalkeeper.

So what I received two goals, the work of Messi and Griezmann, but Oblak received up to 16 shots in a meeting, the last of Valverde, in which the rojiblancos suffered a siege that only a goal like the second captain of Atltico can contain. I fit two, but yeshere up to seven more shots Among the three clubs in which it is the best performance of the goalkeeper in a Super Cup.

Oblak became a wall again: recital of paradones to dry up Porto

Another damn penalty shootout

Refreshed the positive, now it’s time to talk about itto Oblak’s thorn with this tournament. We talk about the end of 2020, we talk about another fatal penalty shootout with Real Madrid as a rival and a final as a stage. It was in Jeddah, also Arabia, and the Slovenian did not stop any of the four penalties taken by the Madridistas (Carvajal, Rodrygo, Modric and Ramos marked their pitches) while Sal and Thomas missed theirs to see how the title faded from the hands of the rojiblancos.

Despite everything, the tournament served to break an irregular dynamic, conquer Anfield two months later with a portentous performance by the Slovenian and, stopped by Covid through, return stronger at the end of the season … and lay the foundations of LaLiga won last year.

Substitute in 2014 … nothing else to land

In any case, Oblak he knows what it is to win the Super Cup. In fact, he did it shortly after arriving in Atltico in 2014 to replace a Courtois that he returned to Chelsea after succeeding precisely in the team that then played for Caldern. That competition was won precisely against a Madrid that drew one at the Bernabu … and fell 1-0 on the banks of the Manzanares with a goal from Mandzukic.

But Oblak, who had become the most expensive goalkeeper in LaLiga with the 16 million it cost, I lived the duel on the bench. Some annoyances gave Moy ownership, who was the goalkeeper until he was injured in the Champions League, the Slovenian left and showed that he was a great goal … until today, where he arrives with strength to remove the thorn of the Super Cup.

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