Llorente, a medium without limits

The '14' scored again during the time he played on the offensive plot. He is the highest scoring midfielder in LaLiga. As a lane he loses arrival.


Atlético welcomes Marcos Llorente's great moment. The midfielder has been at a very high level for practically a full year and has become a reference in the rojiblanco team. Against Levante he again saw goal in the ninth goal of the season, eight of them in the league, which together with his eight assists make him a total player.

Llorente received it outside the area after a corner kick taken short and looked for the far shot that, after touching at Rober Pier, became the goal of the tie for the rojiblancos. A few minutes later he again tested the cannon in his right leg with a shot to be placed that Aitor Fernández ended up taking with difficulties. Llorente was being a torment for the rear of Levante, without stopping to appear and generate danger, but the red and white weakness in the right lane without Trippier leads him to be Simeone's patch when he wants to look for an alternative to Vrsaljko, which causes that the '14' miss a lot of action radius.

In the second half, he tried to bite down the side as a lane, but he ended up getting rid of the band from going up and down. His versatility is a blessing, but it also means that he has to play where he least enjoys when the team needs it. And is that Llorente is already the LaLiga half with the most goals scored, as well as being the leader in assists of the entire competition (yesterday De Frutos matched him with his goal pass to Bardhi). With his eight goals he beat Canales and only eleven forwards surpass him in so many, rubbing shoulders with specialists in that facet such as Aspas, Isak or Roger (all three with 9).

In the major European leagues, very few midfielders can overshadow Marcos Llorente's numbers. Only Bruno Fernandes, who has 14 goals and 10 assists for Manchester United, Mkhitaryan, with nine goals and another nine passes for Roma and Jack Grealish, with six goals and 12 assists, have participated in more goals directly that he. Gündogan and João Pedro have scored more, both with 11 goals, but they only add two assists.

Simeone counts the dates to get Trippier back and not have to keep making patches in the right lane, because losing Llorente in attack is a huge handicap considering his level. The Madrilenian adds 2,111 minutes this season when he played 1,718 last year. He can already boast of being the highest scoring midfielder in LaLiga, the best assistant and a footballer whose growth in the last year has been unstoppable. When Llorente is free in attack, he appears with constancy and runs wild with his power in the race and ability to uncheck, there is no player who can compare with him, with his ability to harm the rival goal and his moment of form.

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