Sam Tighe for Bleacher Report:
Koke became the first man to engage Kroos and Co., but from a deeper starting position than Griezmann would from the centre-forward role, and he often dropped back to the edge of his own box. Just watching Koke in the second half—dropping, shifting sideways, motioning to pass markers on and sprinting into key areas to prevent early passes—was a joy to watch; an absolute masterclass in leading a zonal system.
Interesting. I’ve seen far too little of both Real Madrid and Atlético of late; must make it a priority to see the return leg—Simeone’s record against Real is remarkable.