Dembélé asks for passage before the load of minutes of Luis Suárez

The Uruguayan has played 1,053 in the last twelve games between the League and the Champions League, all but 27 and is warned for the derby. Simeone praised the Frenchman.


Simeone has been recovering chips in recent games. Atlético's constant casualties between coronavirus, sanctions and injuries, have weighed down the team, which has added one victory, two draws and two losses in the last five games. If Trippier's sanction, which is doing so much damage to the team, ends on Sunday, the six players infected with coronavirus in recent weeks are back.

Carrasco, Hermoso, Lemar or João Félix had to stop being very important in the Cholo scheme, Herrera had previously dragged a muscle injury ... but in Dembélé's case, his loss occurred when he had not directly debuted and was beginning to enter into the plans of the Argentine coach. Arrived on loan from Olympique de Lyon in the winter market, the Frenchman had to stop for 12 days due to illness. Now, on his return, he has begun to have participation, although always in the end of the game with the score against. But Dembélé wants to enter the rotation with more and more continuity. And it seems that he is convincing Simeone.

"I liked Dembélé, he can give us important things. He was seen alive, with vitality, energy and we will take him into account among the things that I stay with today," explained Cholo after the defeat against Chelsea, wanting to highlight the role played by his striker in the eight minutes he played in Bucharest. A forward who until now has played as a complement to Suárez to try to tie the games against Levante and Chelsea, but who can also give the Uruguayan a break. The '9' has four consecutive games without scoring, something that has caused Messi to surpass him and become the current top scorer with his double against Elche with 18 goals (for Suárez's 16). In the last games he is being seen perhaps with a little less spark, without the freshness of previous games. And, at 34, Suárez has played 1,053 of 1,080 minutes in the last twelve games between the League and the Champions League, all but 27. In 2021 he only rested in the Cup against Cornellà. In addition, Suárez has seen four yellows in the League, he is warned and if he sees a card against Villarreal he would miss the derby against Real Madrid.

One goal in three games

Without Suárez so fine in front of goal, the team has been blocked. A single goal in the last three meetings despite concentrating 14 shots against Levante between the Ciutat de Valencia and 28 the Wanda Metropolitano. More complicated was being able to score against Chelsea, since the rojiblanco team never finished on goal. And in times of difficulties heading into goal, it seems like the right time to give a scorer a chance. Dembélé has been the leading scorer of the last two seasons for Olympique de Lyon with 24 goals in the last and 20 in the previous one and he is beginning to ask for step.

Seems more integrated and physically in tune after overcoming the coronavirus. The '19', who came to replace Costa after his departure in December, may be a new avenue for the rojiblanco attack, which in recent games is in need of fresh blood. Dembélé wants to win the club to exercise the purchase option he has for him (€ 33.5M) and for this he needs to start counting with minutes and respond with goals.

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