Saul is Atletico Madrid’s talisman
Saul’s first victim was Sevilla. It was on matchday six of the 2014/15 season and, after a year on loan at Rayo Vallecano, the Spaniard popped up to score Atletico Madrid’s second and his first goal for the club in a 4-0 win at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.
In the months and years after, Saul has transformed into a talisman for Los Rojiblancos.
When he scores, the team usually win, and that was again the case during Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Athletic Club in which Saul opened the scoring.
In the 35 games that Saul has scored in, Atletico have won 31 and drawn five, losing none.
After Sevilla visited the Calderon in 2014, Saul began to secure a starting place in Diego Simeone’s defending LaLiga Santander champions.
He started the 2-0 win against Deportivo La Coruna before scoring a bicycle kick in the 4-0 demolition of Real Madrid.
The following season saw Saul net one of the most famous goals in Atletico’s history during the first leg of their Champions semi-final with Bayern Munich.
That was a turning point in terms of his status in the squad – he became an indisputable starter, a talisman, whether that’s in the centre of midfield, out wide or even at left-back.
«I’m obsessed with goals… I have to contribute in this area,» Saul said.
With Joao Felix, Alvaro Morata and Diego Costa not in prolific form this campaign, scoring goals is something that Saul must bring to this Atletico side.
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