The Vigo team examines Atlético’s health in another appointment in which Griezmann will start from the bench and can be decisive
An embarrassing winner against Porto in their Champions League debut, but with doubts about the coach, the team and the unprecedented situation of Antoine Griezmann, a world champion who is a regular substitute for financial reasons, Atlético will be examined next Saturday for the regular tournament against Celta led by Iago Aspas and Eduardo Coudet.
Already five points behind Real Madrid in the rankings, the Rojiblanco team cannot fail against an opponent who usually makes them suffer, who enjoy a Moaña striker who scores – five in four games – who is at the same level in the table stands and comes from two consecutive wins without conceded goals against Girona and Cádiz.
Despite the eruption of jubilation with Hermoso and Griezmann’s goals against the Portuguese champions, there is a tenuous atmosphere in the Metropolitano, where Villarreal has already triumphed in the only game played on this podium this season. There has been growing criticism of the Cholo model, the poor performance to date of mid-sized signings such as winger Nahuel Molina, and changes such as that of Joao Félix on Wednesday. And outrage among the referees after Yannick Carrasco’s ghost goal that did not make it to the scoreboard against the Yellow Submarine and especially the controversial performance of Soto Grado from La Rioja in the Reale Arena.
This Atletico needs a little more to compete for titles and respond to the need to win and accept that every defeat is a disaster. He has overcome the irregularity and fragility of the early part of last year, but failed to reach the high level of that ‘League of 14’ that took him to the Champions League and a pre-season in which he was unstoppable.
Despite the doubts, they have only lost one of their last 11 home games and one of their most recent 13 games. Simeone suffers the certain losses of Savic, Reguilón, who continues his set-up after an intervention for pubalgia, and the serious doubts of Matheus Cunha due to a hamstring contracture that separated him in Donosti and against Porto.
In contrast, the appointment is a demanding test for a Celta that has launched and where Norwegian Larsen, key when he made his debut from the bench in the Tacita de Plata, will be the starter along with Aspas on the attack. The Galician has signed his best goalscoring start in a bid to convince Luis Enrique to give him a ticket to the World Cup in Qatar. At the moment, it hasn’t done him any good to win his fourth Zarra trophy for the best Spanish goalscorer in the league. He is compared to the colchonero Álvaro Morata, signed for the Asturian coach, although his numbers are worse than Aspas’s.
Source: La Verdad
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