Atlético has a very complicated start to the league… also in the physical section. Simeone is not being able to work with the bulk of his staff, after 13 of its players were immersed in the summer tournaments dispute with his national teams, seven in the Eurocup and six in the America's Cup.
The gradual return to work less than a month before the start of the League causes that only Oblak, Grbic, Savic, Hermoso, Arias, Manu Sánchez, Kondogbia, Saúl, Marcos Paulo and Saponjic started the preseason as members of the first team. The Montenegrin has been injured, Manu Sánchez contracted the coronavirus and does not have his future assured in the workforce, just like Grbic, Arias, Saúl, Marcos Paulo and Saponjic. What's more, Felipe and João Félix are in the process of rehabilitation. The last to arrive, among which Luis Suárez will be here to enjoy one more week of vacation, They will fight against the clock to visit Balaídos (August 15) in the best possible way with less than two weeks of preparation.
However, there is an antagonistic case. Héctor Herrera will arrive at the beginning of the course with one more march than his teammates. The Mexican is competing in the Gold Cup and is one of the references of his team, already adding two assists in the competition, one of them for Luis Rodríguez to score the only goal of the round of 16 match against Honduras. Herrera will directly join Atlético's training sessions when the tournament ends, so it will be shot after compete in official matches from July 11, forming as a starter in the four meetings of his national team so far.
Herrera enjoyed a few days of vacation before the Gold Cup and his preseason will be directly the American tournament. On his arrival at Atlético he will start with a physical advantage, like Kondogbia and Saúl in the case of continuing, with respect to Koke, De Paul, Llorente or Lemar, the first to return as France fell in the second round of the Eurocup. Therefore, the role of the Mexican can gain focus in those first league commitments prior to the break. Something that could also affect Nehuén Pérez, in the Olympic Games with Argentina. The center-back could stay, but for this, Atlético would have to solve the problem with the places for non-EU citizens, where the entry of the British in the list, something that the club tries to avoid, complicates the matter, since Trippier joins Lodi and Felipe and would close the doors to the Argentine.