Atlético has made a general rehearsal for the meeting on August 13 against Leipzig. The rojiblanco team I had planned to hold a friendly match as the first test for the Champions League match, but had difficulty finding a rival. And the fear of possible infections by COVID-19 made Simeone finally decide make a partidillo between the components of the red and white template. A full-fledged match, although without official kits, in which Simeone rehearsed with the team that he is currently planning to face the German team. Cholo attacked the couple Diego Costa-Marcos Llorente, which are emerging as headlines in Lisbon.
Simeone listed the following eleven: Oblak; Arias, Savic, Giménez, Lodi; Correa, Koke, Saúl, Carrasco; Diego Costa and Llorente.
In the work session neither Thomas nor Vrsaljko participated. The midfielder will not arrive to play against Leipzig and his sights are set on playing the semifinals in case the rojiblancos beat their first rival in the Champions League. João Félix also did alternative work, although from Monday it will be as one more.
The pace in the game was very high. Simeone has chosen Arias ahead of Trippier for the match against Leipzig. In the rest of the rear there are no surprises. Savic-Giménez will form in the middle and Lodi will play on the left wing. There are also not many new features on the team's axis. Without Thomas, Koke and Saúl were the ones who carried the team handle. And in the bands, Simeone wants to exploit the speed of Correa and Carrasco. The Argentine entered from the right and the Belgian from the left. Above, the mentioned Costa-Llorente. In Lisbon the Cholo will have a bench of guarantees with players like João Félix, Morata, Vitolo, Lemar, Herrera …
Simeone's trick in the match was clear: take advantage of the speed of the tips. Nor anything that is not usual: close lines, all together and when the rojiblancos had the ball, balls to space for the races of Costa, Llorente and Carrasco. That capacity for speed and overflow is what should give Atlético the pass to the semifinals.