Marcelino, after the massive rotation applied last Sunday against Granada in San Mamés, returns to pull his usual starting block to face the visit to the field of the leader. Yuri, who was not summoned before the Nasrid team due to physical problems, is from the game. This Atlético de Madrid-Athletic, postponed in its day by the storm Filomena, starts at 7 pm under the arbitration of Del Cerro Grande (Extremadura Committee).
start with Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Hermoso; Carrasco, Koke, Marcos Llorente, Lemar; Joao Félix and Suárez. Simeone reserves Grbic, Kondogbia, Torreira, Saúl, Correa, Renan Lodi, Dembélé, Vitolo and Vrsaljko on the bench.
Marcelino, for his part, is committed to Unai Simon; De Marcos, Nuñez, Yeray, Yuri; Berenguer, Unai López, Vesga, Muniain; Raúl García and Williams. Marcelino’s call is completed with Ezkieta, Capa, Vencedor, Dani García, Morcillo, Ibai, Lekue, Sancet, Zarraga, Villalibre, Balenziaga and Iñigo Vicente. The players discarded by the Asturian coach are Herrerín and Nolaskoain, by technical decision, and Iñigo Martínez, by sanction.
The panorama, as far as Athletic is concerned, has changed a lot since that January 8 in which these two teams had to have seen each other in the Wanda. The lions, with Marcelino already on the bench, took good advantage of that temporary suspension to prepare in conditions the Super Cup, a tournament that they ended up winning after defeating Madrid in the semifinals and Barça in the final.
Those of Simeone were then and still are the leaders of Primera. The colchoneros, with 42 points in their locker, led Real Madrid by six, second classified. Now, with 59 points to their credit, they are only three ahead of Barça, his immediate pursuer.
Athletic, on the other hand, has improved considerably in the League and has reached the Cup final. The lions arrive at this event in eighth position in the table, 26 points behind their rival, two points more than on that postponed day because of the snow. His general situation, however, has improved substantially.
The rojiblancos are now eleven points behind the decline while at the beginning of January they were only two. Europe, however, is much closer. From the nine of then it has gone to the four of now.