Monday August 2. Until that day Simeone will not have all his players in the Cerro del Espino. August 2, 12 days before the start of a season in which he defends the title. That day will end the holidays of the last (in addition to the signings that may occur and that require negotiations until the last day of the market, read Griezmann, for example) members of his first team. There are three, and the three important ones: Trippier, Correa and Suárez. Simeone will only have one game, the one that the rojiblancos will play in Israel (on August 8, six after the incorporation of the English, the Argentine and the Uruguayan) to really test his men and plans before playing without a net, already in the competition.

Simeone himself recognized it in the interview he gave to Diario As on Tuesday, which his Atlético in the early pre-season games, full of “boys”, homegrown players, will not have anything to do with the end, when he has at his disposal all his men, the greats, the entire first team squad. “We find that for the boys' games we will play 4-4-2 and when the older ones come we will vary,” he said.

Soccer players dropper

This is being the preseason in which the Argentine coach has fewer players to prepare for the season, just Oblak, Grbic, Savic, Hermoso, Marcos Paulo, Kondogbia and Saúl, seven plus 15 homegrown players, and Savic is already out due to a myofascial injury in the quadriceps. Arias and Felipe have already joined. One, emerging from a very long injury, lasting almost a year, and another from another, a partial tear of the knee ligament. The second already touches the ball on the grass of Majadahonda.

The coaching staff is already waiting for two more players to join, in principle, today: Lemar and Vrsaljko. The following will be Carrasco, Giménez and João FélixAlthough Simeone will only be able to count on the first two, since the Portuguese striker continues to recover his ankle, which he underwent surgery on July 2 to eradicate the pain with which he played last season.


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