Atletico stays on top only with Morata ... and Saponjic

Diego Costa's loss leaves '9' as an essential player in the lead. It is on a roll, but without alternatives. The Serbian has not yet debuted.


Atlético, which was already in a maximum dependence on Morata, sees how the need to continue to glimpse the best version of '9' is becoming increasingly acute. The tip has been six games in a row, has returned to the National Team and accumulates seven of the 21 goals of Atlético in the course of the year, one third of the team's goals.

However, the injury of Diego Costa, who suffers from a cervical disc herniation and who will be on leave in the best circumstances within three months, leaves Morata as the only athletic reference and even the smallest constipated tip would be a setback for Simeone. While the club studies the economic possibility of going to the market, something difficult if a player does not come out and where Costa was the one indicated by his salary mass, Cholo will have to keep the best version of Morata aware that he cannot physically risk his pichichi.

Although Simeone has another battering ram in the first squad: Ivan Saponjic. The Serbian has not debuted this course and has only entered three calls, the first two days of the League and against Bayer Leverkusen in Germany. The 22-year-old has not convinced Simeone, who said in the press room that "we have talked a while ago about what we feel and what we see from him. He knows what he needs to get closer to the team's needs. from that, we are working to make it better ".

Several seconds forward

However, Costa's absence, together with the injuries that the team has been suffering from above, where Morata, João Félix, Correa, Vitolo or Lemar have already lost games due to physical problems, can open the doors to an option to Saponjic In the preseason he accumulated only 85 minutes between the six games played by Atlético in summer, scoring against Numancia.

Beyond Saponjic, Simeone has been using João Félix in the lead, which he prefers in the band, Correa, who is at a fantastic level that has made him the undisputed holder in this period of the course and Vitolo, who left a great match against Espanyol. But all three have always been companions of a battering ram. Without Morata I would not be surprised to see a forward formed by Correa and João Félix or Vitolo, but none is used to playing with their backs to the goal.

Tips in the quarry

Borja Garcés has returned in the quarry, who already knows what it is to score with the first team to draw a tie against Eibar. With the medical discharge after eight months of discharge due to a knee injury, Borja has returned to train with the first team and could be a solution for Simeone. Sergio Camello, also a scorer with the first team, continues to recover from the operation he underwent in September due to a fifth metatarsal injury. Meanwhile, Dario Poveda is in a fantastic state of form with eight goals in the eight games he has played in Second Division B. Zaragoza bid strong for his signing, but finally it seems that he will continue as a rojiblanco.

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