Reaction or problems. It is the dilemma with which the Atlético de Madrid the meeting this Sunday before the Deportivo Alavés in the Metropolitan. The rojiblancos arrive touched, after the elimination of the Champions League at the hands of Chelsea, who ‘undressed’ the rojiblancos deficiencies with their high rhythm and physicality. But that is past, and it is time to focus on LaLiga, a competition led by the colchoneros, who have seen their advantage diminish in recent weeks to the point of having already very close to Real Madrid (to three points with one more game) and to Barcelona, who today plays in Anoeta, four.
Two wins in the last eight games is Atlético’s balance after the covid outbreak that caused so much damage to the squad. That was left behind. The aftermath, we’ll see. But the truth is that Diego Simeone has all the players at his disposal for this appointment except Joao Felix, who must complete a penalty match for accumulation of warnings. Something that deserves a separate chapter at Atlético, since up to six players are warned. And five, headlines: Suárez, Carrasco, Llorente, Hermoso and Giménez. The other is Kondogbia. And after the league break, the Madrilenians must visit Seville twice to face the two teams from Seville. Almost nothing.
But we’ll talk about that. Because today we have to focus on Atlético-Alavés, which is not little. On the sporting level, Cholo seems to be clear about the eleven that he will put into the fray. He will return to 3-5-2 after leaving London with the 4-4-2 that he modified after the break, with Savic, Gimenez Y Handsome as central, with Carrasco Y Trippier as lanes. Lemar will enter the center of the field for Saúl, next to Koke
Y Llorente. And above, the hole that leaves Joao
Felix will be occupied by strap, which will pair with a Suarez who is hungry after being substituted at Stamford Bridge. In clashes like today’s, where it is assumed that Atlético will have possession and will play closer to the rival area, it is where the Uruguayan must show his fang.
The Alavés of Abelard, who has only beaten Simeone once in eight games, also needs to score anyway to escape the burning. Despite the fact that the people of Vitoria tend to always compete, they are not achieving results, with all that that penalizes. One draw and four defeats in the last five days. The Asturian has two important losses in the double pivot, those of Manu García and Tomás Pina. Enter to Pere Pons next to Battaglia. The question lies in knowing if Lucas Perez he will start or if he will be on the bench again, as is almost customary. Maximum pressure for the leader against Alavés.