Simeone’s five unknowns for the Camp Nou

Atlético de Madrid
prepares from this Tuesday the final duel that awaits him this Saturday in the Camp Nou against him Barcelona, with his leadership at stake and, to this day, with five unknowns to tackle the game that will determine his chances of being champion of The league: the doubt of José María Giménez, Joao Féli
x, the system you will choose Diego Simeone, whether or not there will be continuity for Geoffrey kondogbiay what will be the starting position of frames


Is the doubt in the Athletic. The annoyances with which last Saturday’s game against him ended Elche and for which he was changed in the final section they put his presence in the air in the Camp
Nou, with the undisputed ownership that it holds for Diego Simeone, although the rojiblanco club has not reported any specific injury.

On his return to training on Tuesday, he had an alternate session. He was not seen on the lawn. Neither him nor Renan Lodi, also in doubt due to a muscular ailment. If it is in condition, Gimenez is the holder yes or yes against him Barcelona next to Savic. If you are not ready, Felipe Monteiro is the option to supply it, either with a four-man or five-man defense, with Beautiful mario in both combinations, as a left-hander or as a central defender, respectively.


Although the tactical elasticity of the Athletic It is visible, even at any time during the game – neither two nor even three changes of drawing in the same match are strange -, as worked as the positioning mechanisms are in the rojiblanco team, the question arises as to what will be the bet of Simeone to face Barcelona.

In recent league appointments he has opted more for the line of four defenders, with two centrals and two full-backs, but the best moments Athletic in this course, including the duel of the first round against the Barcelona, they went with a five-man frame behind, with Yannick
Carrasco as a left lane. This is how he acted in the 1-0 at Barça, of which he was the scorer of the goal and protected from behind by Beautiful mario to stop the overflow of Dembélé.


Depleted by the right ankle, in which he first suffered a blow and then a sprain; still in the process of getting him fully ready and already more of a substitute than a starter in his last 17 games available, of which he started nine on the bench, the Athletic longs for the best version of Joao, whose ownership in the Camp Nou seems unlikely.

Has lost place in the eleven type Simeone, who has preferred to Angel Correa or Thomas lemar in games like the derby against Real Madrid, the visit to Villarreal or last Saturday in Elche. Perhaps it will also be so before him Barcelona. It will emerge as a resource, far removed as it is from its best version and oblivious to the total confidence that the coach does have in other players who are permanent starters.

The situation is very different in that sense for Joao from the first round crash against him Barcelona to now. In all of 2021 he has scored two goals, one in the 3-1 against Valencia and the other in the 0-2 at Villarreal, while his last meetings are diluted in the intranscendence he had in Elche or a week before in Bilbao.


Simeone highlighted his “great game” in the stadium Martinez
Valero against him Elche, but his irruption in the eleven responded more to the dosage of Koke
Resurrection, because the midfielder signed last November from Valencia does not appear among the main preferences of the eleven type of the Argentine coach. He has played four of the 24 possible matches of League.

But its qualities, its power, its size, the capacity it has to cover a lot of space and its performance in Elche propose at least the unknown whether or not it will have continuity in the starting lineup in the Camp Nou. It does not seem like it, because in it he will be safe Koke, indisputable, as is lately the initial configuration in his midfield, together with Llorente Y Lemar.

A hypothetical entry by the French winger, due to the type of match he envisions against him Barcelona or by giving more muscle and travel to his midfield, or Llorente’s change of position forward appears as the only combinations for which Kondogbia would repeat an -improbable- ownership in the Camp Nou.


Llorente has played almost everything in the Athletic, depending on the casualties, the party, the rival, the plan he had designed Diego
Simeone… With everyone available from midfield forward, the natural thing is that the highest scoring midfielder in The league, with twelve points, play as middle or inside right, the position in which he has stabilized the most in his imposing course. From there, he attacks, defends, stands out and overflows with ease.

The breadth of spaces that the Athletic in the Camp
Nou offers other variants to locate Llorente, who can play more to the right, as a winger; between the lines, with the agitation that he promotes by his speed and shot to connect with Luis Suarez; or even up front alongside the Uruguayan, because of the way he pushes, the dynamism with which he moves and the goal he has.

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