There is little doubt that the couple Gimenez-Savic be one of the strongest in the Spanish League. The quality and forcefulness of the Uruguayan and Montenegrin are more than proven. The problem, however, is that seeing them together in the field is increasingly difficult: Injuries haunt them and the matter, far from being resolved, remains entrenched. Giménez has already missed half the games this season and what of Savic is a drama: he has six consecutive official meetings outside the team. Atlético suffers a lot without them: they have only managed to keep a clean sheet on two occasions and the defensive errors that were so expensive in the previous year are reproduced.
25 games has already been played by Atlético without being able to count on their pair of starting central defenders. The balance is terrifying: nine wins, seven draws and nine losses. They are numbers of a mid-table team, statistics that reveal that the substitutes are not up to the usual standards and that you cannot compete for anything. Neither in Spain nor of course in Europe, where errors are penalized even more. the brazilian Felipewhich he renewed for the simple reason that he is almost never injured, He comes from committing two in a row against Bayer Leverkusen and Real Madrid. The result: two consecutive losses.
Jose Maria Gimenez He exemplifies like nobody else the true defensive problem of Atlético de Madrid. The Uruguayan already he has missed since joining the team in the summer of 2013 no fewer than 90 games officers due to injury or illness. An atrocity. This is his tenth season at the club. He has 253 lineups: It comes out to an average of 25 per course.
Con Stefan Savic something similar happens. Moreover, as the Montenegrin has been getting older, his muscle injuries have intensified. Last year he reached out to his hamstrings a few minutes into the game against Mallorca: he was out for 47 days. On the second day of this course he threw himself to the ground 76 minutes into the game against Villarreal. He has already been out of the team for 30 days. Only between last season and so far this season -six days- he has already lost 24 games, the same as Giménez.
Atlético did not want to sign any central this past summer for reasons that are beyond any logic seeing the background. A Simeone he had no choice but reposition the Belgian Witsel in that position. It has been a success, as was the incorporation of the Mozambican in January Reinildo, But it was not enough. In the last days of the market, after the last injuries of Savic and Giménez, the club desperately went to the market in search of a new defenderbut found nothing that could pay. Until January you will have to shoot with Felipe y Handsome as replacements for Savic and Giménez because, of course, they already they all take it for granted that when they recover they will soon fall back. Meanwhile, the team is bleeding on defense. Atlético have won only one of the last 10 games in which Hermoso and Felipe started.