And, suddenly, Atlético received an unexpected blow yesterday at noon. Griezmann’s sanction, for that action as involuntary as it was fortuitous, such as Firmino’s high kick at Atlético-Liverpool on the 3rd day of this Champions League, had a punishment that went beyond the Liverpool-Atlético that was played at Anfield and in which Griezmann was already missing. It was not a match. Are two. And Atlético will risk their lives next week against Milan, the penultimate day of this group stage of the Champions League. You must win if you do not want complications, that the match in Porto is life or death, and death in the Champions League is a lot of death, not passing the group stage. Porto has 5 points, currently second, which is measured on Wednesday against an already classified Liverpool. 4 Atlético, 1 Milan. And there, João Félix is expected. To the best João Félix. There is no other.
Simeone needs that João who was seen until Anfield, a debacle. The exalted João, the João of 120 million. The one who drove the Barça defense crazy with Lemar, the one who scored against Betis, even if he only played 19 ‘. But João only played ten minutes against Valencia at the Mestalla, present at that time in which the score went from 1-3 to 3-3. Without Griezmann against Milan, Simeone needs João. But he will also need it this weekend against Osasuna, first, Cholo already says, “game by game.” Because for Saturday, the Argentine coach You will hardly be able to count on your CONMEBOL footballers, who arrive with just hours, between trips and flights, for that duel against those of Arrasate, also fundamental.
João’s version of October
The Wanda Metropolitano is not the usual fort, without defeat but with three draws. At the moment fourth but five points (23) behind Real, in the lead (28). And Osasuna is one of the best visiting teams in LaLiga. With Correa and Suárez with time together for this match and João at Cholo’s orders since Tuesday, that is the day that João must hit the table. Fill your red and white with gallons. In search of that definitive explosion that this season has been sensed more than ever, although without showing at all, between great performances and matches with hardly any presence or presence. No pain in that ankle that forced him to undergo surgery in July and delayed its premiere until after the September break. May November, with this week against Milan and Osasuna, be October again, where he saw his best version.