Why is Oblak at Atletico like Messi at Barca?

Not waiting for the performance in the Champions League victory over Liverpool on 12/3, goalkeeper Jan Oblak has long been a very important factor at Atletico.

Superman  Jan Oblak

At Anfield, Liverpool collapsed at the hands of Jan Oblak, who turned “superman” into the Atletico goal with 9 excellent saves. After the match, coach Diego Simeone did not spare praise for the Slovenian goalkeeper. He likened the student to a hero at Atletico, and not unlike Messi superstar at Barca.

However, it would be a guess to evaluate Oblak after a game of ecstasy, because the 27-year-old janitor has always maintained a stable performance at high levels for years.

Oblak was the hero of Atletico against Liverpool on 12 March.
Oblak was the hero of Atletico against Liverpool on 12 March.

Position himself

In March 2017, Atletico won a 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen in the first round of the 1/8 Champions League. Second leg, Simeone teachers and students successfully protected the score at home. It was one of Atletico’s last European Cup matches at the roof of Vicente Calderon.

In that match, Oblak created a spectacular save to help Atletico keep the score 0-0 to the end of the match. 68 minutes, midfielder Jose Maria Gimenez has a loose pass to bring the ball to Julian Brandt’s feet, but the German striker failed to beat him in the face. After that, the Slovenian goalkeeper also blocked 2 consecutive shots of Kevin Volland.

Three shots in three seconds and Jan Oblak saved three times in a row. Just like that, goalkeeper Atletico is like a “spider-man” in goal. The way he blocked Thomas Mueller’s penalty in the Champions League semi-final in 2016 or blocked nine delicious opportunities of Liverpool on March 12, is how he positioned himself and affirmed his value.

He thinks blocking the ball is his duty. Whenever there was a good performance, Oblak always said he was there to do that. This speaks for his personality. He never creates any pressure on himself. His sense of calm is outstanding. It helps with his positioning, ”said Ladislao J. Monino, journalist of El Pais.

Oblak proves he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Oblak proves he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

Among the best goalkeepers in the world, today are Ter Stegen, Oblak, Courtois or Alisson. Journalist J. Monino claimed Oblak was the best at positioning himself. Balkan guys like Oblak are known for their high standards as a player.

He moved to Benfica at the age of 17. He got a lot of eyes on the team during the game for Slovenia. In 2014, the 27-year-old goalkeeper ended his adventure in Portugal with a domestic treble with Benfica.

Superman without a cloak in Atletico

He joined Atletico for $ 17.6 million from Benfica, and became the most expensive goalkeeper in La Liga in history at that time. He moved to Atletico on a 6-year contract to replace Thibaut Courtois, the goalkeeper returned to play for Chelsea after his loan term expired.

At the beginning of Atletico, the Slovenian star struggled. Oblak has a back injury and doesn’t always make the starting XI. In his first season in Spain, Oblak was a substitute for Miguel Angel Moya.

He only played 11 matches and did not prove the ability. The talented goalkeeper had his first Champions League match when Atletico faced Olympiacos in September 2014. It was also the worst commented match for the 27-year-old goalkeeper as an Atletico player.

However, from the following season, Oblak is more uplifting than ever. After the end of the 2015/16 season, he won the Ricardo Zamora title for the outstanding goalkeeper, when he only conceded 18 goals in 38 matches, equal to the record of legendary Francisco Liano.

Atletico is relying on the talent of goalkeeper Oblak.
Atletico is relying on the talent of goalkeeper Oblak.

The following season, Jan Oblak featured in the UEFA Champions League’s lineup of that season and won Zamora for the second consecutive time. He also made the shortlist for the 2017 Golden Ball, and finished in 26th place with 4 votes.

In November 2018, Jan Oblak became the goalkeeper to reach the 100 fastest clean sheets in the history of the Spanish league, after 178 matches. It takes Iker Casillas legend 306 times to take 306 matches to reach that milestone.

Oblak came to Atletico with a bet from Sports Director Andrea Berta. I met him on the Benfica team in the 2014 Europa League final against Sevilla. I have to admit He seems like a good goalkeeper, but nothing special. His mission is to make us forget Thibaut Courtois, who is trusted at Atletico. It was probably a big demand for Oblak, but in the end he went beyond expectations, ”said Fran Guillen, author of” Diego Costa: The Art of War “.

In April 2019, Jan Oblak extended a 4-year contract with Atletico. The 27-year-old goalkeeper became one of the leaders at the Wanda Metropolitano. He rarely spoke, but his teammates always listened. He is great, and Atletico is relying on a goalie’s talent. Despite many criticisms, Simone’s teachers and students still stepped on every mockery to move forward.

Jan Oblak is a capless superman at Atletico, not unlike Messi at the Nou Camp.
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