Miguel Ángel Atienza is life insurance for Eibar. A reliable footballer when you need him. You can spend several months without having minutes that when your time comes it meets with a high note. And that is not at all easy for players who, no matter how much they are in good shape, do not have the rhythm of competition. The Madrilenian already became a key piece for Mendilibar in the final stretch of last year and in the last week of competition his prominence has grown exponentially, starting in the derby against Sanse and yesterday against Mallorca.
Atienza was one of the great highlights in the last meeting in 2021. The Madrid native was the starter after Sergio Álvarez was killed by Covid and performed at a high level, to the point that he did not accuse inactivity. And it is that the ex of the Fuenlabrada had only disputed 40 minutes in the last 17 days. But against Sanse he had to start from the beginning and once again showed that he is a guaranteed player who can perfectly compete with Sergio Álvarez in the core.
The Madrilenian was well placed, was aggressive in disputes, prevailed in numerous duels and won quite a few second plays. Ultimately, Atienza gave the team the balance it needed. A tactically disciplined footballer, who knows what his role is and despite not lavishing himself on the development of the game, always offers solutions with the ball. Life is not complicated and he is a good bodyguard for Exposito and Javi Muñoz.
Garitano gave him the title again yesterday against Mallorca. The deriotarra bet on a double pivot formed by the youth squad and Sergio Álvarez. Again he was at a good level, recovering several dangerous balls and showing the aggressiveness he would need to impose his authority in the engine room. Atienza’s contest lasted 72 minutes and Ipurua once again rewarded his commendable work with a standing ovation. Play every game like there is no tomorrow and take every opportunity as if it were your last.
Atienza is a kid who has earned being in the first team. He came to the second team from Fuenlabrada and based on insistence and pride he has taken a position. He loves football and the analysis of the game, he is far from the stereotypes that normally surround footballers and it is common to see him walking through the streets of Eibar together with his partner (he is the only player on the squad who resides in the armory city) . A simple guy who fits the idiosyncrasy of the gunsmith club.