Character test

Atlético, without Luis Suárez or Marcos Llorente, are forced to beat a Betis on the rise, but they do not have Borja Iglesias. João Félix, under the spotlight.


"Against everything and everyone, go ahead champion." Atlético's players trained on Friday before a banner put up by fans that read this message. Simeone's team has lost steam in the second round, but there is still time for everything, and it will be bad if it only focuses on what happens outside. There are nine finals left and the team needs to regain the path of triumphs, beyond disastrous arbitrations, such as the last one with Gil Manzano (follow the game live on Nine finals with everything to be decided and the first against a Betis that fights for Europe, in conflict with Real Sociedad and Villarreal. A match, then, between two good teams, with notable footballers and two historical coaches of the League.

Atlético comes with many casualties: Suárez, Kondogbia, Llorente and Dembélé. Cholo recovers João Félix, who must assume gallons in this final stretch of the season. Technically it is above the rest, but it is not only worth that. Simeone needs you more involved than ever and with maximum motivation. Against Betis he will form together with Correa en punta. Carrasco will also return, embedded in the left lane, and Savic, the head of the rojiblanca defense. Atlético must have Koke and Lemar at their best. The great novelty in the eleven will be the Mexican Herrera.

Without battering rams: neither Suárez nor Iglesias

The rojiblancos need to score, after scoring only one goal in the last four games (Getafe, Chelsea, Alavés and Sevilla). El Cholo rehearsed set pieces on Friday as one more weapon to hurt. Without scoring you cannot win and against Betis there will not be the most decisive of the team.

Betis has top-class players, Joaquín, Canales, Fekir ... footballers who dazzle with their game. They will not be the scorer Borja Iglesias or Guarded, sensitive casualties. Neither did Víctor Ruiz, by penalty. Bartra can return and in attack the doubt is between Juanmi and Loren. Betis is the fourth best in the second round and is clearly on the rise, quite the opposite of Atlético, who now only need to win. But none of that will do when the ball gets rolling. Simeone's men are in a similar situation to when they won the League 13-14. But he must bring out his champion character or the title will begin to slip away.

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