Not many players have the possibilities that he has on the ball. "He has shown it for so many years and I can only congratulate him, wish him all the best, and hope that he scores many more goals. The last time he finished a match against Atltico without scoring was on 14th February 2010, when Bara lost 2-1 in the Caldern, with a goal from Ibrahimovic. He was amazing. "That is the problem of Messi for goalkeepers," says Oblak. Simeones men have enjoyed an uninterrupted run at the top of the La Liga table since the ninth week of the season. You are not even close. In fact, ten of the record-setting 644 goals he's scored for Barcelona have come against the former Benfica man and on occasion Diego Simeone has felt obliged to applaud. He's a sensational goalkeeper.". Too many! No wonder he greeted the final whistle as if hed won the lottery, running back to the dressing room with his fist in the air. "If he has his day, if he is in great shape, it really does not matter if you are at 100 per cent. "If your coach says that it can only means good things," says Oblak. Will the new members of 2TDK management accelerate the 2nd rail track project? But the goals dont stop there hes also notched up three double strikes: in the 2007/08 league campaign (0-6), in 2009/10 (5-2) and earlier this season (4-1). Oblak argues that there is only so much that can be done. And then he scores. If you go right, he will shoot left. Can you name the 15 goalkeepers with 100+ PL clean sheets? "He is still the best player in the world," he insists. But he will show that he is still the best, I am sure. And then he scores. Then there is Messi. Julian Brandt, a German international, took the gift and bore down on goal. "He has scored many goals against me. The ball is in the net and there was nothing that could be done. Maybe you are thinking it is not dangerous. Diego Simeone & a nutmeg so perfect he applauded himself midway through, 10 ridiculous Jan Oblak stats five years on from his La Liga debut. "Here's a guy who comes from the Balkans. If Oblak can clear his area and make a save, he does it, but he also often holds onto the ball. When it comes to Messi, you can never predict anything. There are times when it is as if he is describing the bogeyman himself. "If you go down, he will chip you," he explains. The defenders do their best but it is difficult to do anything tactically to stop Messi because you never know what he is going to do. The list of football players who scored more than once against Oblak is short:7: Cristiano Ronaldo5: Lionel Messi3: Luis Suarez, Neymar2: Kostas Mitroglou, Robert Lewandowski, Ruben Alcaraz, Sergio RamosThe clubs which most often shook the net of Oblak's goal are, naturally, Real Madrid and Barcelona, the only two clubs which scored more than ten goals each against Oblak.14: Barcelona12: Real Madrid5: Malaga4: Levante, VillarrealThe fact is that Atletico in this period played the most matches against the two most successful Spanish teams, which is another reason they placed at the top of the short list. All three points keeps them at the top of the La Liga table, on the cusp of a first league title since 2014. Leave your e-mail and we'll let you know when somebody has commented, WEBSITE OWNER AND COPYRIGHT: ONE-VERSUS-ONE AG. The Blaugrana captain is still going strong despite having reached the ripe old age of 33, with Oblak of the opinion that a long-time rival's longevity at the highest level stems from the way he picks his moments to explode into life during matches. "Oblak knows that winning trophies with Atletico would be more special than leaving and winning with, say, Manchester City or Bayern Munich. For the first time since he was a teenager on the periphery of Frank Rijkaards side, Messi looks set to go two years running without winning the league. "He watches my legs," Jan Oblak tells Sky Sports. Too many!" There are many times that he scores a goal and you have this feeling that you cannot understand how he has scored so easily. Once again, Lionel Messi has been outstanding and is on course for yet another Golden Boot, having scored 29 goals (with a further nine assists) in Barcelonas title bid. He has shown it for so many years and I can only congratulate him, wish him all the best, and hope that he scores many more goals. In November 2018, he became the fastest goalkeeper (178 games) in the history of the Spanish league to reach 100 clean sheets. Diego Simeone demands that concentration from his players and certainly from the man who he has described as the Messi of goalkeeping. It was a very difficult match for him, very demanding. Will he pass? The goalkeeper. On an expected points table (per Understat) extrapolated from xG results on a game-by-game basis Atletico would be a distant fifth. Oblak is one of footballs elite goalkeepers but he has admitted that often there is little he can do to stop the Argentine, who can often be just too good. "You can never predict where he is going to shoot and you can never predict when he is going to shoot. This is why he is so difficult. Asked how Atletico usually set their stall out to try and stop Messi, Oblak responded:"Normally, goalkeepers, we are shouting all the time to help the defenders but I know it is difficult when Messi is on the other side. "Do not speed things up. The Atletico Madrid keeper has conceded ten of the 644 goals that Messi has scored for Barcelona, but that's not to say that Oblak has not gotten the better of the Argentine on occasions. Every time he can, he gathers the ball. He already had a lot of teams scouting him while he was playing in Slovenia by that stage.

For more info visit, Jan Oblak explains Lionel Messi's unique genius in scoring 644 goals, Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak explains what it is like to face Lionel Messi, Transfer Centre LIVE! He knocked off Brazilian legend Pele and the record might never be broken considering anyone looking to usurp him will likely have to average 43 goals for 15 seasons at one club. "The performance of Oblak in Liverpool, for example, gives him such merit when you consider the conditions. He has scored many goals against me. It is not easy to decide how you will defend against him because of his unpredictability. "Barcelona should be very pleased he is there. "It is strange," says Oblak. "All you can do is play hard and when you see him don't leave him. "I'm sure those kinds of thoughts were going through his head at Anfield as well. Rules in mountains differ from those in the valley, Tourist arrivals and overnight stays, Slovenia, November 2018, Indestructible goalkeeper of the Slovenian national team, Slovenian Environmental Agency reports that there are high levels of PM10 particles in the air, In 1968, Slovenian television broadcast the main evening news in the Slovenian language for the first time, More people have birthday on 1 January than on any other day, In November a third of all overnight stays in health (spa) resorts. He kept his goal safe in 57% of all the matches, and it rarely happens that he is forced to take a ball from his goal net.The Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak played 109 matches for Atletico Madrid, conceding only 69 goals. The first was in the first leg of the last 16 Cup match in the 2008/09 season, when his goals turned the tie in Baras favour in Madrid (1-3). He is great at everything. You need to watch the ball and to wait.". If you are too far he will shoot. Budweiser are marking the historic moment with 644 specially created bottles, individually numbered to represent each goal, and recognising the role that every single one of them has played in pushing Messi towards greatness. But Atleticos star man was equal to him. Oblak has made 93 saves no goalkeeper in the entire division has made more. We will be happy to reply. "I selected Alisson first in the voting and Oblak second. "It is always difficult to talk about because goalkeepers do not like conceding goals." Find all the players that have played for Bara! Unlike Barcelona, who are all but of the race after letting a lead slip twice in a 3-3 draw with Levante, Atletico have held their nerve at the final stretch with five wins from the last seven. Sir Alex Ferguson once said Attack wins you games, defence wins you titles; thats certainly not proved to be the case in La Liga in years gone by, as Atleticos miserly approach focused on clean sheets has often failed to yield silverware. But in a second, he changes the game, he scores a goal, and Barcelona win. This latest record-breaking feat comes at a time when Messi's form has been under greater scrutiny than ever before. In March 2017, Atletico Madrid played Bayer Leverkusen in a UEFA Champions League knockout tie. When they travelled to the Camp Nou needing to avoid defeat to stay ahead, they did just that, not blinking first in a 0-0 draw. He only played 11 league games that season, and when he made his Champions League debut in Greece, playing against Olympiacos [in a 3-2 defeat], he was lousy.

Messi is regarded by many as the greatest player of the modern era, having inspired Barca to 10 La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns over the past 16years, winning six Ballon d'Or awards along the way. This issue of when Messi will shoot is an added complication. The defenders do their best but it is difficult to do anything tactically to stop Messi because you never know what he is going to do. Messi has notched up no fewer than three hat tricks against Atltico Madrid. It's a great strength. He controlled the ball with two touches and fired a shot across the other side of the goal, but againmiraculouslyOblak dived to save. Sometimes you think you are controlling [Barcelona], you are controlling him but in a second, he changes the game, he scores a goal, and Barcelona win," he said. Because as defensively sound as Atletico have been, Oblak has been their standout individual. Wait, and hope that Messi makes a mistake? This is why he is the best. You could see from Diego Simeones reaction how much Atletico Madrids 2-1 victory over Real Sociedad meant to him. "Of the great goalkeepers in the world at the momentTer Stegen, Oblak, Courtois, AlissonOblak is the best at positioning himself. @ghostgoal. He has a strategy. Hed seen his Argentinian compatriot work his magic countless times before. "For sure, that was my best memory against him." "If you stand up, he will go through your legs. Oblak, perhaps the best goalkeeper in the world, is in the comfort of his Madrid apartment describing in detail the challenge of facing Lionel Messi, perhaps the best footballer there has ever been. "When he signed a large contract renewal last year, it included a promise that Atletico would remain competitive at the highest level," says Guillen. But arguably the best piece of evolution has been going from Courtois to Oblak. Oblak told Sky Sports. His position as a shot-stopper in a team that is built on defence increases his importance to Atletico's project, as alluded to in Simeone's post-match commentsafter the club's heroic win at Anfield: "Barcelona has Messi who wins matches for them, and we have Oblak, the best goalkeeper in the world, who wins matches for us.". In Spain, he's been imperious, having won the prestigious Zamora Trophythe prize awarded to La Liga's best goalkeeperfor the last four seasons in a row. Oblak found himself in that situation during the first half of Atletico's recent win over Barcelona, albeit from a narrow angle, and managed to keep out the shot. It seemed like a big ask for him, but he has ended up exceeding it by far.". Football Espana brings you up-to-the-minute news and views from the Spanish Primera Liga, brought to you by our enthusiastic and talented team. , Atleti still on course for a vital win, Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) May 12, 2021. Simeone could be seen miming every tackle his players were failing to make during his Messis run at goal, and he looked resigned to conceding once the forward had carved open the space to strike. Slovenian shot-stopper Oblak is now into his seventh full season at Los Rojiblancos having joined from Benfica in 2014 and he has now been the undisputed number one for six successive campaigns. The Atletico Madrid goalkeeper is speaking not long after his team's 1-0 win over Barcelona, their first against Messi and the rest in La Liga for over a decade. "You are not even close. Only title races that go down to the wire can create tension like this. This is why he is the best. Just when the job is almost done, it isn't. This happened to us last season. Oblak won that one but there have too many defeats, too many late Messi goals, for him to be anything other than humble. "Anticipation depends on the player because there are some players who you can easily predict. "For months, he was a substitute behind Miguel Angel Moya in his first season at Atletico. He has been showing that every season for the past 15 years. The latest in the sports world, emailed daily. Football without Messi would be totally different too. Unidad Editorial Informacin Deportiva, S.L.U. He was looking around and he's got the likes of [new starting left-back]Renan Lodi and he's thinking: Is he going to be the real deal? Once he got to Portugal, Benfica put him out on loan at Beira-Mar, but he was put straight into their starting XI. This is why he is the best. It helps with his positioning.

Sometimes, when the defence has been breached and all else has failed, the shot is inevitable. This year, I will probably put them in a different order. Even if he does not play so good in one or two games, at any moment he could show again that he is the best. His eyes are on the ball but he sees you. 2017/18 But he is a great player, an amazing player, the best player. Updates about your favourite players - We want to send push notifications. "Sometimes you think you are controlling them, you are controlling him. GOAL takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from around the world, GOAL takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours involving Manchester United, Talks are ongoing over the France defender's future, but he is already preparing for a move to London, Man Utd transfers LIVE: Red Devils ready to wait for De Jong, Chelsea target Kounde lining up Lukakus house , Messi took his tally of goals for Barca to 644 in 749 games during a3-0 away win over Real Valladolid. He arrived with a back injuryand was unable to nail down a starting position. The Argentina international's cool finish to round off the scoring atJoseZorrilla Stadium was typical of a man who has made finding the back of the net look like an art form since beginning his senior career at Camp Nou way back in 2004. He is always watching you. When it comes to Messi, you can never predict anything. It was probably his worst game as an Atletico player. Expected goals, expected goal build up and expected goal chain value are only visible to our logged in users. It is strange. I can only say the best words about him because he is the best. That record was broken in 2019-20 as former Atletico keeper Thibaut Courtois produced some stunning saves for Real Madrid, as they boasted the leagues best defensive record in their title victory. It took Iker Casillas 306 games, for example, to reach that mark.

Please feel free to discuss with us the comment box is below. Germany are eight-time Women's European champions - so why were they written off before England 2022? To make sure you never miss out on your favourite NEW stories, we're happy to send you some reminders, Click 'OK' then 'Allow' to enable notifications, Published23:16,23 December 2020 GMT| Last updated23:17,23 December 2020 GMT. But, in one-on-one situations, the most important thing is to wait until the last second. He is impossible to predict. If you go right, he will shoot left. Another Messi record: Not even Pele can compare, Koeman: I've said it so many times, Messi is happy.

"Sometimes you do not see him. Just weeks ago, in the LaLiga Santander meeting between Atletico and Barcelona, Oblak kept his third clean sheet against Messi, although he remained modest about his feat. A little reluctantly, Oblak has had to claim responsibility for 10 of them. The 27-year-old concluded by talking up the significance of Messi's latest achievement and predicting that the Barca talisman will continue to break new boundaries until the time eventually comes for him to hang up his boots. Liverpool's other Colombian: Could Anderson Arroyo's incredible journey end with a Luis Diaz reunion in red? This is why he is so difficult. Messi's strike against Real Valladolid on Tuesday night means he now holds the record for the most goals scored at a single club. "Oblak thinks that to stop the ball is his job," says Ladislao J. Monino, a journalist with El Pais. Jan Oblak has paid tribute to "amazing" Lionel Messi after his surpassing of Pele, claiming the Barcelona superstar is "the best" because he "sees everything" on the pitch. But he is a great player, an amazing player, the best player. Attacks win games, sure. Todos los derechos reservados.

You need to watch the ball and to wait.". Perhaps Ferguson could adapt his famous saying for the 2020-21 La Liga season, to give some credit to the man between the sticks. It happened only for the fourth time since Jan Oblak joined Atletico Madrid: on Tuesday at the Champions League match he conceded three goals. Who is better in defense: Lionel Messi or Jan Oblak? Sometimes you think you are controlling them, you are controlling him. Lionel Messi or Jan Oblak? He made six saves in the nervy 2-1 victory, three times as many as his opposite number, and has kept four clean sheets in his last six appearances at this crucial juncture. The last line of defence. "They asked us to consider the titles the players had won, as well as their performance in big matches. "Oblak had come as a bet from Andrea Berta, Atletico's sporting director. He is always watching you. This week, Messi scored his 644th goal for Barcelona, breaking the record set by Pele with Santos, to continue his remarkable record throughout his career. His eyes are on the ball but he sees you. "Sometimes you do not see him. "But he is a great player, an amazing player, the best player. Is Joao Felix up front going to deliver like Griezmann? Seven years on from Atleticos last league title, Simeone has done remarkably well to build a completely different team. It was one of Atletico's final European Cup games at the old Vicente Calderon Stadium, and they were defending a 4-2 lead from the first leg in Germany. "I am sure that he is going to score many more than just 644, even though it is already a lot," he adds. "There have been a few moments where it looked like as if Oblak would leave Atleti," says Euan McTear, author of Hijacking La Liga: How Atletico Madrid Broke Barcelona and Real Madrid's Duopoly on Spanish Football. But it is revealing. Oblak has helped Atletico to three trophies, including a UEFA Europa League title in 2018, though the other two are UEFA and Spanish Super Cups that wouldn't be considered major trophies. Theyre overperforming their xGA (expected goals against) by a rate of 11. Oblak finished his Portuguese adventure in 2014 by winning a domestic treble with Benfica, although his teamwhich included Everton's Andre Gomes and Valencia's pair of Ezequiel Garay and Rodrigocame up short against Sevilla in a penalty shootout in that season's UEFA Europa League final. Oblak has established himself as one of arguably the best goalkeepers in the world during his seven years in the Spanish capital and it was no surprise to see him step up for the big occasion, denying Messi with a superb fingertip stop. But he is a great player, an incredible player, the best player. You need to be 100 percent concentrated.". "Do not speed things up. He was under a lot of pressure, but he never lost his composure. "Oblak's beginnings in Madrid were complicated," says Fran Guillen, a Madrid-based author and football journalist. Messis remaining five goals against Atltico Madrid have all come singly. One of Diego Simeone's criteria for renewing his latest contract as manager was a commitmentfrom the club to hold on to Oblak. "If you remember, Oblak moved to Benfica as a 17-year-old in 2010. The Slovenia international had a famous and proud record of conceding the fewest goals in La Liga, four years running between 2015 and 2019. "There are many times that he scores a goal and you have this feeling that you cannot understand how he has scored so easily. "If I make one step, he will see it and shoot to the other side. The stats suggest Messi puts the ball either side of the goalkeeper with almost equal regularity. His trademark finish is to the goalkeeper's right - the one that Oblak refers to as a pass - but any attempt to anticipate such a strike will be punished with a whipped finish into the opposite corner, as he famously did in the final of the 2015 Copa del Rey against Athletic. Control the controllables. Can this guy Mario Hermoso be a central defender for Atletico? You need to be 100 per cent concentrated.". At the age of 33, those questions are likely to form a constant backdrop now. You need to be 100 per cent concentrated. Oblak, 27, has become one of the team's leaders. He never puts pressure on himself. Atletico paid a reported fee of 16 million for him, which made him La Liga's most expensive goalkeeperin history, although it took a while for his train to leave the station. "He is still the best player in the world," Oblak said. "He sees everything, I think. Here is our 1vs1 opinion: you can invite your friend to join 1VS1 and compare with them every time you play a new match. So far, no other team has suffered three hat tricks from the Argentine international. Will he shoot? The definition of world He does not show it but he is always looking. For Oblak, though, he was just taking care of business, as he did by famously stopping Thomas Muller's penaltyin the 2016 UEFA Champions League semi-final and by pulling off several brilliant saves against Liverpool at Anfield last week. Sometimes it feels like he has just passed the ball into the goal, it is not even a shot.". "If I make one step, he will see it and shoot to the other side. Most of the time, you have to accept that it will depend on him.. With the second Marcos Llorente goal, you can see Oblak sprinted from his own goal all the way to the corner where everybody was celebrating. Atleticos man in black, the touchline Tom Waits, was a bag of nerves as his men saw out a narrow one-goal lead against their toughest opponents remaining. But its perhaps proving true in the past couple of years as Messis superhuman efforts in an otherwise flawed Barcelona side havent been enough to drag them over the line. "There's a videofrom a fan in the stands, and you just see this man in yellow sprinting past some of Atletico's midfielders to get there first. Goalkeepers must be prepared for the early shot that might catch them unawares but they must also appreciate that he is capable of delaying the shot or even threading a pass through for someone else. Given all statistical values we believe that Lionel Messi is the better player at the moment. He speaks rarely, but his team-mates listen when he does. Ever.". Too many! You are not even close. Nothing illustrates this as clearly as Messi's record of having scored an 86th-minute goal against Atletico on three different occasions. "Most of the time, you must accept it is going to depend on him.". Ronaldo, Pogba and Harry Potter - Inside the world of USMNT and Juventus ace Weston McKennie, Ronaldo wants to leave Man Utd but none of Europe's top teams want Cristiano. "You are not even close. If he is on his day and in good shape, he has too much. Comment and Analysis But at Anfield they did go up and score. Portu's volley into the ground is saved well by Oblak! Once he got inside the box, he pulled the trigger, but Jan Oblak saved his shot. His talent is too much. Ljubljana emergency medical service received more than 900 speeding tickets this year. Todos los derechos reservados. Midway through the second halfwith the teams scorelessAtletico Madrid central defender Jose Maria Gimenez coughed up possession with a lax crossfield pass. Maybe you are thinking it is not dangerous. An examination of mind and body that requires concentration at all times. The Atletico Madrid goalkeeper has heaped praise upon a long-time rival, insisting the Argentine remains "the best player in the world". They've always been known for the high standard of their playerswhether it's football or other sports like basketball or handball. Messi refuses to be beaten, however, and has scored in the last four minutes of encounters on three separate occasions. It's something about his character. He nearly scored a goal for the ages against Atletico, a stunning solo run worthy of deciding a league title, let alone a match. The pair have endured some hotly contested battles over the years, but there is a great degree of respect between Jan Oblak and Leo Messi. There are many times he scores a goal and you have the feeling that you cannot understand how he scored so easily. 2015/16 It is impossible.". Atletico recognise his value. But, in one-on-one situations, the most important thing is to wait until the last second. Goals in five consecutive matches Messi has got on the score sheet in the last five consecutive matches against Atltico Madrid. He has shown this with the titles that he has won and how many goals he has scored. "I'm sure Oblak felt frustrated when there was that stretch in the season where everything was falling apart. It is impossible.". Another important metric to measure the players performance is the pass completion rate in general and more importantly the pass completion rate into the opponents box because this is where most goals are made. His eyes are on the ball but he sees you. Unidad Editorial Informacin Deportiva, S.L.U. There are many times that he scores a goal and you have this feeling that you cannot understand how he has scored so easily. Is Messi better than Oblak? Oblak is honouring Messi's achievement, completed against Valladolid on Tuesday, of scoring 644 goals for one club, breaking the record set by Pele with Santos. 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