‘It was his most complete game’: Diego Simeone hails gamechanger Yannick Carrasco’s star turn in Atletico Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Barcelona after winning both his side’s penalties
Atletico came from behind twice to earn a point at the Nou Camp and put a dent in the Catalan giants’ hopes of winning LaLiga.
Carrasco, who sealed a move back to Atletico in January after leaving the Spanish giants for Dalian Yifang back in 2018, won the two penalties that Saul Niguez converted.
Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco has been praised by his manager Diego Simeone
The Atletico Madrid boss hailed the winger’s performance in their 2-2 draw with Barcelona
‘Carrasco did a good job tonight. He has found it difficult since coming back, and he put in a huge effort here,’ Simeone told Marca.
‘He played a decisive role tonight. Against Bilbao he played well, but tonight was his most complete game.’
Barcelona missed the chance to move back to the top of the table above Real Madrid and have now played a game more than their rivals.
Carrasco the two penalties that Saul Niguez converted at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night
Quique Setien’s side took the lead in the 11th minute courtesy of a Diego Costa own goal but were pegged back when Niguez fired home from the spot.
Lionel Messi restored Barca’s lead by netting his 700th career goal with a sublime penalty in the second half before Niguez levelled again from 12 yards out.
The result left Barcelona a point behind the league leaders, who face Getafe on Thursday night, with Atletico Madrid in third place.