It is very early and whatever the outcome, nothing will be decided, but Sunday’s derby is more dangerous for Atlético than it seems. A defeat against Real Madrid would move them eight points away from the top of the table and would open the first crisis of the season in a team that circumstances are whipping mercilessly. With its two central defenders almost always injured, with Joao denied before the goal, with cloud between cottons, harmed week after week also by the referees and with Simeone discussed for the first time by the Metropolitano’s standsthe clash against the leader acquires maximum importance.
Con Oblak, Giménez and Savic between cottons – although none of them ruled out yet-, the Cholo He rehearsed today with a team that has nothing to do with the one in the last games, and in which there was a surprise upstairs that he saw coming. Álvaro Morataquite unwise in recent games, leaves his position to the Brazilian Cunha. Also Strap enters, to whom the coach wants to give more minutes, but not to play up front, but on the wing, while Joao stays up. Something more than good intentions is expected from the Portuguese because at the moment it remains almost inconsequential.
There are also variations on one of the two lanes, where saul enter by Carrascowhile on the right it remains Nahuel, on which many suspicious glances are fixed because its performance so far has been far below expectations. The Argentine plays with the advantage that there is no other specific right-back in the squad, but Simeone has already shot Llorente several times, without going any further last Tuesday in Germany, and we must not rule out that the same thing happens on Sunday because the performance of the former Udinese player is far from the expectations that his signing aroused.
According to what was seen today in training, Atlético would play with cloud o Grbic, Nahuel, Philip, Witsel, Reinildo, Saul, Correa, Kondogbia, Koke, Joao y Cunha. In any case, we will have to wait until the last minute to find out if one of the two central defenders recovers and, of course, to clear up any doubts about the goal.
Pita Munuera Monterowho last year exasperated Atlético in Vigo, signaling a surreal penalty from Handsomeand in the Metropolitan against Levante ignoring several falls in the Valencian area. The club already considers that of the referees a hopeless case, both in the League and in the Champions League, and all he asks is that they harm him as little as possible. In the VAR will be Ignatius Iglesias Villanueva.