The international break is over and Atletico can breathe easily. Every time the Rojiblancos go to their international commitments, the general feeling in the club, far from the sporting results of each of them, is an absolute concern and in this couple of weeks, seeing what happened around them, more than that. Fortunately There were no serious accidents. No footballer was injured. But there is concern about some specific cases, such as Griezmann and Riquelme.
In the club No one understands why Griezmann played both games in full against France, against Gibraltar (who finished 14-0) and Greece. It doesn’t make sense at a competitive level. 180 minutes plus extra time for red and white legs. Deschamps made eight changes from lineup to lineup, but retained the Antoine, who is going through a historic streak of consecutive matches played, but it was not necessary to complete the meetings. Fortunately, the player did not suffer any physical damage.
Riquelme, among cotton wool
The coaching staff are also concerned about Riquelme’s fitness. Academy Graduate He made his first-team debut (51 and 5 minutes), but returned to the red and white discipline he touched. On his day off he went to Cerro to be treated by physicists and then continued to work on the sidelines, although he still had two sessions to improve and test himself. Morata has been training with Atléti since Tuesday. The striker played only the second of Spain’s matches (90′) and will start on Saturday.
Savic is also already with the group As top scorer, he played one of the two games in Montenegro and will hold several sessions with Simeone’s Atleti to consider whether to include him in the eleventh. Oblak will return after the peak of Slovenia’s European Championship qualifiers The accumulated 180 minutes will not be a problem. On the other hand, Söyüncü did not get involved at all with Turkey He will join the group on Thursday. The centre-back, who had almost no chances at Atleti, had hoped to get some chances for his country, but was relegated to the bench. Pablo Barrios, who played for the Under-21s on Tuesday and played 156 minutes between his two matches, He will also join training on Thursday.
Nahuel, De Paul and Jimenez, last to arrive
Before the match against Mallorca, the last to join the group will be South America. Nahuel Molina also played a full 180 minutes with Argentina and De Paul another 153 minutes. Two very intense duels against Uruguay and Brazil and trips across the oceans invite us to believe that they will not be beginners in the Metropolitano, since they will only have one training session with Atléte. Their eyes are more on Rotterdam. Something similar to the case of Jimenez, who played 135 minutes.
Thus, the overall balance of red and white is positive, especially since none of their ten teams suffered obvious injuries. Now The coaching staff will have to do the numbers to form the eleven against Mallorca and not overload anyone, because on Tuesday (21:00) Feyenoord arrives at Atlético main For the Champions League. Therefore, during these two weeks, they applied Azpilicueta, Correa, Saúl, Leno, Llorente… For a chance at the beginning of the eleventh. Simeone is already thinking about the board.
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