Oblak demands more intent from Atletico

26 September 2021 21:18:05 GMTPlus11
Jan Oblak wants improvement from Atletico

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak says the Spanish champions must focus on making better starts to their matches after a shock La Liga defeat at Alaves.

Atletico lost 1-0 on Saturday, slipping to third in the table, and they are 11/4 to retain their title this season, with Real Madrid 8/11, Barcelona 8/1 and unbeaten Sevilla 8/1.

We have to go from the first second to show that we want to win.

Jan Oblak

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Slovenia keeper Oblak was beaten in just the fourth minute of the game and Victor Laguardia's early goal was enough to earn the three points for Alaves.

Slow starters

It was the fourth time in their last five La Liga games that the champions had conceded the first goal and, after they fought back to draw 2-2 with Villarreal and beat both Espanyol and Getafe 2-1, they were unable to break down the Alaves defence, suffering their first league defeat of the season.

Diego Simeone's men must pick themselves up quickly as they face two important fixtures this week: their Champions League trip to in-form AC Milan on Tuesday is followed by a home league game against Barca on Saturday. Atleti were held to a 0-0 draw by Porto in Madrid in their opening Group B fixture.

Oblak takes responsibility

Speaking to Marca after the defeat, Oblak said: "It's clear we didn't do well. We conceded the goal through our own error, and then it's difficult. We have to start the game better and show our personality from the beginning, like we did last year.

"It's on us. We have to go from the first second to show that we want to win, we want to fight for first place. We have to improve ourselves, we have to show our personality and surely better results will come."