Beautiful, at your chance

The 24-year-old replaced Giménez after 14 minutes and accompanied Felipe as the center left. It was his first great performance at Atlético.


Mario Hermoso lived his first great afternoon as an Atlético player and arrived despite starting the game against Bayer Leverkusen from the bench. Giménez's injury, he suffered a grade I muscle injury in his right thigh, took him to the field when only 14 minutes of meeting marched.

The 24-year-old was able to play against the Germans as central, his natural position, and had a leading role in ending the goal to zero again. After playing the entire preseason in that position, mainly as a couple of Savic since Giménez was in the Copa América with Uruguay, since the beginning of LaLiga the position in the center of the defense has alternated with the one on the left side, where so There is only Lodi as a specialist in the first team. The expulsion of the Brazilian against Getafe on the first day led to Hermoso to participate in the side during the last 28 minutes of the match. In Butarque formed thrown to the left in a defense of three centrals until being replaced at the time of game. Yes, he played in a central pair against Eibar, his only full match so far.

But his level in those first three days of the League did not convince Simeone, who saw the emergence of a great Felipe to become the third center of the team. Beautiful had been nervous when faced with a rival and not very blunt in the clearings in the side centers and air shipments. He only played six minutes against Lokomotiv in the following month and a half of competition, until last Saturday where he returned to eleven against Valencia. His position on the field was as a side in defense and third center in attack.

Forcefulness in the clearance

But against Bayer Leverkusen he had to enter the emergency room in a capital Champions League game and finally he could see a beautiful recognizable with respect to the tour of North America. Forming a couple back with Felipe, he was safe and gained confidence over the minutes. He finished with nine clearances, the one with most of the game by far, and he was very safe again in the pass (31 successful of 38 attempts, 83.8% of success and 10 of them in the opposite field) .

Recovering the security of your game is one of the great points to work for Beautiful. Before the Leverkusen the first green shoots were seen, since with the passing of the minutes he settled down and showing more and more convinced in his defensive ability to grow in the match. Beautiful's big goal is to be in the European Championship next summer, after being out of the last list of the National Team for the first time in the last year. His lack of minutes led Robert Moreno to bet on Albiol, Pau Torres, Diego Llorente and Íñigo Martínez to fight the position of Ramos companion. But it is a gap that is still very open and if Hermoso takes advantage of the opportunities that are now coming to him at Atlético, with the inconvenience of Giménez together with Savic's injury, he may have a place in the next great Red tournament.



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