Simeone: Mbappe or Haaland? “Whoever can put them together would have a great team”

Simeone: Mbappe or Haaland?  "Whoever can put them together would have a great team"

Kyllian Mbappé or Erling Haaland? For Diego Simeone, it is better if they play together and the club that manages to bring them together will have a “great team”

Diego Simeone, Atlético de Madrid coach, this Friday avoided the choice between Kyllian Mbappé (Paris Saint Germain) or Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund), the two figures of the first duels of the knockout stages of the Champions League, hiding behind their compatibility and the “great team” that they could form together.

They are two great footballers with different characteristics, they can be compatible playing together and whoever can have them together would have a great team“, said the Argentine coach during the telematic press conference, on the eve of his team’s LaLiga Santander match against Levante at the Wanda Metropolitano.


After two draws, with the accumulation of matches from the last week plus what lies ahead, on Tuesday Chelsea in their fifth game in the last 16 days, Diego Simeone, the coach of Atlético de Madrid, appealed to the facts and the pitch to assess the physical moment of the Spanish league leader.

“We will see it. Speaking does not influence much, beyond the perceptions that one may have. The only thing that counts is reality. The field will show where we are,” said the technician at the telematic press conference, while waiting in the Wanda Metropolitano al Levante, with which they drew 1-1 on Wednesday.

“We are going to find again a team that plays very well, that has played in different ways, pressing high, taking refuge to get out of counterattack, playing 4-4-2, 4-3-3, playing with a defense of five … Many variants before a team that has solutions, “warned Simeone, who suffers another casualty, Yannick Carrasco, due to injury.

While he recovers from Levante Thomas Lemar, already negative in Covid-19, and “possibly” Moussa Dembélé, who needs a negative or a positive serology in IgG antibodies to return to competition, As established in the LaLiga protocol, he loses the Belgian winger -there would be a doubt against Chelsea-, Stefan Savic and Saúl Ñíguez, by a cycle of five yellow cards, and maintains the absences of Kieran Trippier, by sanction, and Héctor Herrera, by Covid- 19.

Comparatively, between last Wednesday’s lineup against Levante and this Saturday’s, Simeone is left without three starters (Saúl, Carrasco and Savic), although he replaces a regular player in his scheme (Lemar), for an eleven with 17 available players – 18 if Dembélé is finally ready- which offers different combinations and possibilities to start from the beginning, with a 5-3-2 or with a 4-4-2.

Whether or not one of those options is Renan Lodi, apparently it is linked to the system that Simeone uses. At the moment, the Brazilian left-back adapts much better to the defense of four than to the structure of three center-backs and two lanes, although his last duel as a starter was against Celta … And he started as lane.

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