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Jan Oblak urged Atlético de Madrid to stay positive after their recent wobble spread to a 1-0 loss to Chelsea in the Champions League.
Oblak was defeated by a superb header from OIivier Giroud in the 68th minute, while rival Edouard Mendy had not a shot to save during the 90 minutes in Bucharest. Coronavirus restrictions.
Atlético’s famous and robust defender is now without a clean sheet in eight outings, while their lead at the top of LaLiga is reduced to two points by Real Madrid after a four-point win.
“It is soccer. Sometimes you have to win, sometimes you have to lose, ”Oblak told reporters.
“We have one more game left, we have to raise our heads, also in LaLiga and we have to prepare, be strong and improve game by game.
“We cannot think of anything other than to return [to winning]. Lately, things are going a little against us. “
Atlético return to LaLiga action with a difficult trip to Villarreal this weekend, while the subsequent derby against Real Madrid appears to be a crucial moment in their season.
“It’s a bad time and on Sunday this is going to change,” Oblak said.
“You have to think positively, the season is long with difficult moments and it is time to show that we are a strong and united group.
“Only then will we get out of this.”
Despite selecting a starting lineup with Joao Félix and Ángel Correa in support of Luis Suárez and with Marcos Llorente and Thomas Lemar as full-backs, Atleti coach Diego Simeone received criticism after the game for a perceived negative approach.
1 – Atlético de Madrid had only one shot in the first half, their lowest total after 45 minutes in a UEFA Champions League game since the 2016-17 semi-final first leg against Real Madrid (also one) . Blocked. pic.twitter.com/vMDwbk8uvv
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 23, 2021
“The plan is always to defend well, no matter what the game plan is,” Oblak added. “We don’t play bad, we play well.
“When I returned to the locker room, I saw everyone with their heads held high, convinced that we are going to win.
“We can go back and we are still first in LaLiga.”