A summer for illusion


Four games, four wins, 13 goals for and one against. are the numbers of Atletico Madrid in a preseason that closed with great results against Numancia, Manchester United, Cádiz and Juventus, but above all, with great sensations.

After the summer with two signatures (Axel Witsel and Nahuel Molina) and two more new faces (Morata and Saulwho returned after two assignments and permanency in the squad cannot be guaranteed one hundred percent at this time), Diego Simeon has breathed new life into this ongoing project.

An Atlético with more dominance was seen, sfinishing the ball played from behind as it hasn’t happened in a long time and there is intense and effective pressure on the other field.. Signs of identity were recovered for the reason that allowed the mattress team to face the start of LaLiga with more than the positive sensations they had to prove in Getafe.

The coaching staff distributed the minutes equally among all players, with the aim of getting them in good physical condition at the start of the championship. Something that was proven on Sunday afternoon in Turin, where Atlético beat Juventus in all aspects of the game.

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If we add to this the rapid integration of witsel in the group and, moreover, playing as a central defender, an experience that worked for Simeone and that was the key to the beautiful ball mentioned above, the projection of Nahuel down the right wing, the continued hardness of reinildothe illusion of Saul on his return, the quality of joao felixthe effectiveness of bruise or the growing contribution of wedgethere are reasons for optimism at the Metropolitan.

And that, while waiting for men who like it Griezmann, Carrasco or De Paul get their best version, which can give another plus to a team that, at the expense of what will happen in these three weeks that still remains on the market, seems capable of competing for everything. Against all.

The 5-3-2 that Simeone insisted on this summer is more like LaLiga 20/21 (intense and dynamic) than last season (dull and predictable). It will be key that the Argentine coach knows how to combine the many alternatives that this course has. Now it has 23 players, one more than last year, but after the failure when it came to defending the title, Atlético de Madrid left a very good feeling in an exciting preseason.

Source: La Verdad


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