Simeone and the Barça challenge

The coach does not know what it is to win the Blaugrana in the League and has only obtained five points out of 45 possible. Look for a round match from face to door.


Simeone faces the last of his shoe in the League. A Barcelona that has been measured 15 times in the league since its arrival on the Atlético bench in December 2011 and where it has only managed to add five points of 45 possible. Not so in the Champions League, where the roijblanco team prevailed in 2014 and in 2016 over the Blaugranas in the quarterfinals with the only two victories of Cholo against Barça (25 games between all competitions) in two matches at Vicente Calderón.

If his Atletico does not know what it is to win at Barça in the League, tomorrow's match will be capital when analyzing the future of the team in the competition, since in the case of defeat it would be six points from the Blaugrana who still have You play against Real Madrid your postponed match. But in addition to having to beat his Kryptonita in his worst terrain, Simeone has before him the challenge of unlocking an Atlético who in the last two games has shown a more convincing version in terms of the offensive game but with less auction than ever, something that has led him to accumulate seven consecutive punctures outside the Metropolitan Wanda.

A its stadium is welcomed to return to the path of victory. A Metropolitan who has not yet seen any victory against Barcelona or against Real Madrid, although against the Blaugranas he escaped twice in the last minutes to end up drawing. The last rojiblanco triumph is referred to November 10, when they beat the Espanyol 3-1.

The coach himself acknowledged after the match against Juventus in Turin that "the match against Granada was complete. But we did not achieve goals, which is the most important thing. Here it was similar. We were competing very well. We are specialists in patience and work. At this moment he asks not to leave the spotlight that we are a block. A great game will come from one moment to another, with goals. " And what better game to recover those feelings than against a Barcelona that resists him so much.

Doubts in the eleven

Simeone used in Turin a center of the field strengthened with the presence of Héctor Herrera in the double pivot next to Thomas and with Saúl and Koke in the bands. A more compact formation, with greater physical strength in the middle but giving up the overflow posed by players such as Vitolo, Correa, João Félix or Lemar in the band. The Portuguese left good feelings as a second tip against Juventus after leaving from the bench, participating fully recovered from his ankle injury, and could repeat in that position against Barcelona but already as a starter. There is also the option to start the match on the right as Cholo likes.

With Morata fixed at the end and João Félix as a possible companion, it would remain to be seen if Simeone decides to crack that four-wheeler behind giving entrance to a very shaped strap or Lemar and Vitolo in the place of Herrera, whose growth with the passing of the matches It has been remarkable. It would be a seemingly more offensive version but where Thomas, Saul and Koke would have to impose themselves on the three Blaugrana midfielders, where Arturo Vidal can give a plus of physical aggressiveness before the casualty of Busquets.

More difficult would be to vary that center of the field to open a hole at one end, but without giving up anyone in the middle. An option where Saul would replace Lodi on the left side with Thomas and Herrera staying on the double pivot. A capital post, since it defends the area through which Messi likes to move the most.

What is clear is that Simeone is looking for a round match, where he can maintain the regularity that the team has missed so much in 90 minutes and get a reaction and rebellion from face to door. If he does not want it to be too late, that take off must come to Barcelona, his most feared rival in the League, to continue looking from you to you at the Blaugranas in the classification.



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