Savic, Koke and Llorente continue to add and Lemar vindicates himself

The three outfield players with the most minutes for Atlético were also key with their national teams and the Frenchman took the position with Deschamps.


Atlético begins to recover troops for the return of LaLiga (on Sunday, against Sevilla). Although the international break has left bad news, since João Félix had to be replaced with Portugal due to ankle discomfort and Carrasco did not participate in any of the three meetings with Belgium with problems in the same joint, he has also reaffirmed the heavyweights of the mattress insole.

The rojiblanco team has been exercising in the last week under minimums, with eleven players concentrated with their respective national teams (Llorente, Koke, Carrasco, Lemar, João Félix, Oblak, Vrsaljko, Herrera, Trippier, Savic and Kondogbia). And that taking into account that on this occasion the South American footballers have not had international commitments. Among the players who finished their appointments with a view to qualifying for the World Cup, the role of Oblak, Savic, Koke and Llorente, the four footballers with the most minutes in the squad, and a Lemar who has transferred his growth in the club also to the selection.

The goalkeeper completed all three of Slovenia's matches, leaving a clean sheet against Croatia (1-0) and losing to Russia (2-1) and Cyprus (1-0). In the case of Stefan Savic, he continues to add minutes in a season where he has become the benchmark for Atlético's defense. The Montenegrin is playing it all, he has only lost two games by suspension (Alavés and Levante) and two by technical decision (in the Cup against Cardassar and in the League against Huesca) and if in Atlético he accumulates 3,040 minutes, with the team played 180 more against Latvia and Norway, resting against Gibraltar.

Injuries were his great drag last year (he missed 15 games for that reason), but this season he is showing fantastic physical condition. He is the only one of the four center-backs who traveled with his team and the most indisputable for Sevilla, since Giménez still does not train with the group and Hermoso's position can dance between the center of the rear and the side. Koke, the second outfield player who has participated the most in the squad, also returns after adding 162 minutes with the National Team, entering the eleven against Greece and Kosovo and masterfully assisting Morata in the first game.

Y Llorente has made a niche for himself thanks to the versatility he has shown as rojiblanco. Luis Enrique has stayed with Simeone's tests when he could not count on Trippier and placed him on the right side also against the Greeks and against Kosovo, in addition to a few minutes against Georgia (he returns with a total of 205 minutes). Although it shines much less than in offensive positions, it always empties. Of course, they are efforts that can take their toll considering that it already has 2,829 minutes of rojiblanco.

Lemar accumulates fewer minutes, but his growth over the season has been spectacular. Something that led Deschamps to win him back for the national team for the first time since November 2019 and also to be the protagonist with Les Bleus. He did not participate in the first game against Ukraine, but has ended up completing the matches against Kazakhstan and Bosnia at a very good level and looks to the next European Championship with options to be very important in one of the great candidates for the title.

More minutes for several players who were already loaded after being essential for Simeone (Trippier has only added 45 with England), but which are also a reward and recognition of the good level they are showing in the rojiblanco team. From today on they will concentrate again with the sole objective of trying to win the league title in the ten games that remain.

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