Diego Simeone, Atlético de Madrid coach, is already outlining his starting eleven against Elche with the novelty in the middle of the field by Rodrigo de Paul, with Geoffrey Kondogbia as central to replace Mario Hermoso and without Luis Suárez, who would repeat substitution, according to Friday’s tests.
The goalkeeper Jan Oblak; the lane drivers Marcos Llorente and Saúl Ñíguez; the centrals Stefan Savic and José María Giménez, as well as Kondogbia; midfielders Koke Resurrección and Thomas Lemar, and forwards Yannick Carrasco and Ángel Correa complete the likely eleven for Sunday’s game at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
In the 1-2 victory against Celta in Balaídos from the start on the bench, although then he entered the field of play midway through the second half, this Sunday the moment of Rodrigo De Paul, of his debut in the title and of the beginning of the tour in the line-ups that is expected to be the main signing of this summer.
Because, as it is assumed, it will be a crucial piece in Simeone’s scheme throughout the season, as soon as he assumes the tactical mechanisms, so demanding, of the rojiblanco block, with the complexity involved in carving out a niche in the field. eleven in the first months for any signing and entering a block made, which was LaLiga Santander champion just two and a half months ago.
But, on the second day, the Argentine midfielder already has a place in the eleven, conditioned by the loss of Mario Hermoso and the doubt of Felipe Monteiro (he has already started his incorporation to the group after two months of absence) in the center of the defense to arm the rear within 5-3-2, the system that most convinces the coach today, who already manages an alternative: Kondogbia.
KONDOGBIA, FROM CENTRAL FOR THE SANCTION OF HERMOSO
He appears today as Atlético’s third center-back against Elche, on the left side to replace Mario Hermoso, because José María Giménez and Stefan Savic are fixed in both the center and the right, respectively; the two most reliable center-backs on the team, also the ones who have been with Simeone the longest.
Kondogbia’s step back to replace Hermoso, apart from promoting the emergence of Rodrigo de Paul as a right inside, replaces Koke Resurrección as a center midfielder. The left profile, at the same time, supports Thomas Lemar, just as there are no changes in the lanes: Marcos Llorente and Saúl Ñíguez.
Neither in the front variations are intuited. In the coach’s tests this Friday, Yannick Carrasco and Ángel Correa, double scorer in Balaídos, maintain the leading role in the eleven, with Luis Suárez back on the bench, for the second consecutive game, while his personal preseason concludes, as does Kieran Trippier and Renan Lodi. Both are also targeting substitutes on Sunday.
JOAO FÉLIX AND HERRERA, STILL IN THE RECOVERY PROCESS
In addition to the doubt as to whether or not Felipe enters the call and the removal of Mario Hermoso, due to a penalty for his expulsion last Sunday against Celta in Balaídos, there is the absence of Joao Félix for the second duel followed by the intervention on the ankle Right to which it was submitted on July 2 and which is now finalizing its development, although it has not yet joined the group work.
Marcos Paulo, who will go on loan to Portuguese Famaliçao (this Thursday he was registered in LaLiga Santander as an essential requirement to later be transferred to another club), will no longer be available against Elche, like Santiago Arias -injured- and Nehuén Pérez, once neither of them is yet registered in the tournament, waiting to solve their future: if they continue or they leave.
At the same time, Héctor Herrera is a doubt for the match against Elche due to muscular discomfort in the pubis. The Mexican midfielder jumped onto the grass this Friday to do exercises apart from his teammates, within his recovery process, and he is expected to return to the group and competition with Atlético shortly, in which goalkeeper Benjamin is already ready. Lecomte, his latest signing.