A stone on the road

An Eibar without goals receives an Atlético with absences. El Cholo faces the casualties of Koke, Hermoso and Trippier. Saúl, Felipe and Vrsaljko seem called to replace them.


EI Atlético returns to competition nine days after defeating Sevilla 2-0 in a show of strength as a team. The ridicule against Cornellà and not playing the Spanish Super Cup led to so much time between two crashes. Now, in three days, the Eibar team and Valencia will play.

The calendar is like that, for the tears and laments of some and the joys of others. Visit Atlético the Ipurua fiefdom, a complicated field. Last season they fell 2-0 there at this point in the year (on January 18). Eibar passed him over and the rojiblancos are warned. Ipurua is a stone in Atlético's firm path in LaLiga. The rojiblancos are winter capeons, but nobody relaxes. There's a lot left (follow the game live on As.com) .

Eibar is a curious case. First it is admired. His good management in the offices and on the bench has made him a fixture in the First Division. Ipurua has always been an almost impregnable venue, but the numbers say otherwise. Eibar have won seven points at home and twelve away. With 19 points he struggles not to find himself in a truly compromised situation. But if he does not improve in his stadium he will have a bad time. And Oblak's troop arrives, six goals conceded in LaLiga. Sevilla had him locked up for an hour in his area and the Slovenian hardly had any scares. Eibar could not score at home to Celta, Elche, Osasuna, Cádiz, Getafe and Valencia. But we are passionate about football because nobody would bet everything on an Atlético victory.

Simeone has casualties: Koke, Hermoso and Trippier, important players in his scheme. Saúl, Felipe and Vrsaljko seem called to replace them. In addition, Cholo has Dembélé, a category reinforcement above. Dmitrovic always had good performances against the rojiblancos and Eibar relied on his saves, his high pressure and scoring a goal. Enrich and Kike García have the last word. In the other area Suárez does not forgive. The local team will be stung by the stumble against Navalcarnero and Atlético must show that they are going for everything.

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