Don’t count Vrsaljko out yet.
Šime Vrsaljko received 90 valuable minutes on the pitch Tuesday night in Atletico Madrid’s 1st leg quarterfinal versus Manchester City and definitely held his own. City would squeak by with a 1-0 victory after Kevin de Bruyne finally broke the deadlock in the 70th minute. To no one’s surprise, Atletico Madrid and manager, Diego Simeone, looked to be playing a defensive counter attack 3-5-2 formation with Vrsaljko on the right wing. It appeared Atletico would have been happy with a 0-0 result heading back home next week. The plan almost worked as it took City over an hour to score. Atletico held the ball for 33% of the match and only managed two shots on goal.
IntoThe Calderon.com gave Vrsaljko a 6.5/10 grade as he “Much like Felipe, Vrsaljko had a point to prove and he proved it. Defensively solid throughout, Raheem Sterling couldn’t get anything out of him when he drifted wide and Vrsaljko did an excellent job standing his ground on the right without being caught out at all. Jack Grealish couldn’t find a way past him either, and the ball almost always ended up going back where it came from when City tried to attack down Vrsaljko’s flank.”