Zero inversion in the left-handed lane

Atlético do not want to invest a euro in strengthening their left back. He asked for Olivera, but it is difficult for him to come. Lodi, Manu and Hermoso, for the position.


Renan Lodi and Manu Sánchez. One is the undisputed starter and the other a youth squad who is willing to take advantage of his opportunities to gain a place in the team of his life. They form the left-handed side of Atlético for this 2020-21 season. The intention of the Madrid club is not to invest a single euro in that left lane, so it seems difficult for any player to arrive to reinforce that position. The third in contention is Mario Hermoso, if he does not finally leave the rojiblanca entity. Against Almería, Cholo tried in a team with Hermoso as a winger, so it is not unreasonable that he can play in that position.

Atlético asked about Mathías Olivera, Getafe's left-back, a footballer that Berta likes. But the Getafense club is not willing to let the footballer go out for free (10 million were even talked about) and Atlético is not exactly left with money. The operation seems difficult, although the relationship between the two clubs is good and they have some names on the table, among them Mollejo.

Other footballers have been leaving, such as Telles, from Porto, another of those sought by Atlético for a long time. Alex Telles ends his contract with the Portuguese club next season and could leave now, although he is already a very proven player and the Madrid club does not manage a significant amount to reinforce the left-handed side. We'll see.

For the moment, and unless there is an unexpected turn, Simeone will have Lodi and Manu Sánchez for the side. Manu was about to leave for Osasuna, but finally it was Caio Henrique who left and the Madrid club stopped the operation. Mario Hermoso is the third player for that position, although his continuity in the Madrid team is not certain. If an offer that interests Atlético arrives, it could leave. Real Sociedad is one of the clubs that wants him.

Lodi has performed very well this season and it is expected that he can go even further this year, once he has adapted to his team and LaLiga. He has played 43 official competition matches, scored one goal and given three assists. He has 22 years and five more years of contract. In other words, Atlético has found a side for many years. That's why you don't plan to spend a lot of money reinforcing that position. Manu Sánchez has entered the final stretch of the season. He played five LaLiga matches in addition to the cup match against Cultural Leonesa. He has just turned 20 and has five left on his contract. Beautiful went from more to less during the exercise. And he performed better when he played center-back, his true position.

In the friendly match against Almería, Cholo had Lodi as a starter in one of the teams and in the other he put Hermoso on the left wing. Nehuén played central. A test in case Simeone needs Hermoso. Manu Sánchez did not play. At the moment he is still in the squad. Only a bargain would allow Atlético to strengthen in that area.

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