Felipe's reverse

The center-back arrived at the March break as one of the most outstanding athletic players, but afterwards his role was very secondary: 15 teammates played more than him.


If there is a footballer who did not come at all well, the break was Felipe. Atlético returned to a good level, with rhythm, with a goal, but it cost the central defender. An untimely muscle injury made him lose his step and Giménez and Savic took advantage of it to settle. Thus, the Brazilian went from being one of the team's most prominent footballers until March (for many, the best alongside Oblak) to playing a much more secondary role. In the decisive date, against Leipzig, he had to settle for playing a couple of minutes and as a forward.

Felipe, 31, also struggled at the beginning of the course. The solidity of Giménez and Savic prevented him from having opportunities, but as soon as he had them, he convinced. In the first five games of the course he played one minute. He began to have the confidence of Cholo until he entered in October to not leave again: 27 complete games, except for one that was lost due to suspension. And then the competition stopped. And the central defender's streak too.

Felipe did not find the form he had and some muscular discomfort weighed down when the competition went at a fast pace of two days a week. The Brazilian lost the site. Until the break, he was the second Atlético footballer with the most minutes, after Oblak; Since the competition was resumed, there are 15 teammates who played more. But Cholo's confidence is intact. His performance is beyond doubt, but Felipe's displeasure will no longer have a rematch until the next season.

The level quartet that Simeone wanted

Simeone has always attached importance to having an important defense block, in quantity and quality. Last summer, Captain Godín, the head of the defense throughout the Cholo era, and Lucas, settled, upwards and versatile for the center and the left back, left. Replacing them was an important challenge and Felipe and Hermoso arrived. The Portuguese managed not to miss either of the two who came out and soon convinced the coaching staff and the fans. The former Espanyol, despite some slip, has also complied. In principle, there are all of them, although if it were to make cash, questions will be answered by Hermoso. In the reserve, in addition, there is the Argentine Nehuén Pérez, 20, who has been on loan to Famalicao.

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