Trippier, the longed for

Almost two months and nine official matches later, the Atlético de Madrid you can already count on the English side Kieran trippier, whose sanction for breaking the English Federation’s gambling regulations expired on February 28. A player longed for in the right lane of the rojiblanco scheme.

One of the key elements of the best teams that the Argentine coach has had in his hands Diego Pablo Simeone In his nine years at the helm of Atlético de Madrid they have been the full-backs. His attacks have depended on his depth in many cases, as happened in the league champion team in 2013-14 with the Brazilian Filipe Luis Y Juanfran Torres placeholder image, which generated a lot of game.

Regaining the prominence of the flanks was one of the effects of the 5-3-2 scheme that the Argentine coach began to capture on the pitch as of November. In that scheme he became the absolute owner of the right side Trippier, while the Belgian Yannick Carrasco, when injuries have allowed him, he has been the most decisive footballer for the left.

Under this new protagonism, Trippier, who had already given an assist against Osasuna, contributed two in the victory against Valladolid (2-0), another in the victory against Elche (3-1) and another against Sevilla (2-0), in the brief interlude when FIFA provisionally suspended his sanction.

Until the sanction, the Englishman had not missed a single official duel -except for the first match of the Copa del Rey against Cardassar, when he had rest- and had become the second highest assistant of the team with those five goal passes , only behind the eight of the Argentine Angel Correa, and in the best league recuperator of the team, with 21 recoveries.

At that time, the Englishman was the Atlético footballer who had tried the most centers (26) and more had completed (6); and the second of the team in passes attempted (348) and completed (274), only behind de Koke Resurrection (382 and 337).

In addition, with the passing of the matches, an interesting partnership had been uncovered on the right side with Marcos Llorente, whose understanding with the side of Bury (United Kingdom) had generated a good number of opportunities for the rojiblanco team.


The sanction of the English Federation to the footballer for failing to comply with the betting legislation, which forced the footballer from December 23 to spend ten weeks without playing or training and paying 70,000 pounds (78,500 euros), ruined all that dynamics and generated a constant dilemma for Simeone.

With the parenthesis of the precautionary suspension granted by FIFA on January 3 and that allowed Trippier play against him Seville On the 12th of that month -when he assisted Correa with the first goal-, Trippier has asked for a total of 10 league matches and a Champions League match.

Of them, on six occasions the right wing has been for his natural replacement, the Croatian Sime Vrsaljko (Getafe, Alavés, Eibar, Valencia, Levante and Villarreal) and in five for Marcos Llorente placeholder image (Cádiz, Celta, Granada, Levante and Chelsea).

Neither option was entirely satisfactory for Simeone. Vrsaljko only played three full games in this series of matches (Alavés, Eibar and Villarreal), since in the rest of the opportunities he was substituted by technical decision.

Llorente’s option caused a player to be sacrificed in positions that were too far behind, who in the last year has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to generate danger in the opposing goal. “I am the first to assess that when he plays meters higher he participates more in offensive play, but it is, of those we have today, who best occupies that place,” he admitted. Simeone.


With Trippier, the dilemma is solved. The English side has been training with his teammates since January 20, once FIFA confirmed that the footballer could exercise with the rest of the squad even if he could not play games.

This Tuesday, the day of rest for most of the footballers of the rojiblanca squad, Trippier was one of the players who went to the rojiblanca sports city, according to images from ‘La Sexta’, as the Uruguayan Jose Maria Gimenez, recovering from a muscle injury, or French Thomas lemar, who suffered a blow against Villarreal.

In the case of the English full back, it is a process of individual and personalized training sessions that he has been doing for the last few days. If there is no change in events, the long-awaited Kieran Trippier could play again two months later, in the vital Madrid League derby in which not only the primacy in the capital is fought, but also the title options.