Heads and tails for two of the Atlético players who are living a very different moment. Memphis Depay continues to enjoy the confidence of Louis Van Gaal and has been called up by the Dutch national team, while Axel Witsel has fallen from the first list facilitated by the new Belgian coach, the Italian-German Domenico GermanAnother who is on a cloud is Antoine Griezmann, who after the withdrawal of Lloris of the French team he is the first candidate to be captain of “les bleus”.
Witsel, currently a substitute at Atlético, has paid for the elimination in the first phase of Belgium in the last World Cup in Qatar and has been excluded from the call for the “red devils”, although it does not seem to be a final decision. Domenco Tedesco, the substitute for Spanish Roberto Martínez, met the footballer in Madrid and explained that his decision was due to his desire to see “new faces”but that “in June the door will be open again.” Witsel was one of the most noted players for Belgium’s disappointing performance in Qatar. Instead, Carrasco has been included in the list.
The opposite happens with Memphis Depay, what has been revalued in the two months he has been at Atlético and what still counts for Louis van Gaal. The rojiblanco striker, author of three goals in the Championship, is starring in a spectacular duel with Álvaro Morata. In the last two days Between the two they have scored five goals.
Depay will face precisely one of his teammates, Antoine Griezmann, who gave him a spectacular assist against Sevilla, in the match he will face next Friday the 24th to the Netherlands and France in Paris, the first of the qualifying phase for Euro 2024.
Griezmann is, by the way, the first candidate to become the new captain of the French team after the goalkeeper’s withdrawal Hugo Lloris. The final decision will be made by the coach Didier Deschamps, who is also evaluating the candidacies of Raphael Varane and Kilian Mbappé, but the Atlético de Madrid player is, by hierarchy and summer the top favourite.
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