Simeone, in trouble

The annoyances of Hermoso in Salzburg are another stone. The scare adds to Savic's injury, Felipe's recovery and the recent addition of Giménez.


The preseason for Simeone is turning into a real headache. From the beginning he knew that he would not be able to count on the international players who have had commitments with their national teams, but he was not in his plans to lose the first team in the first weeks of training. The last scare was given by Mario Hermoso, who had to withdraw from the match against Salzburg twenty minutes from time. A coup was the reason for a change so as not to take unnecessary risks. On the 22nd, he was one of the only three first-team players on the pitch, along with Oblak and Saúl, although fortunately he is not going to go through a few discomforts.

Hermoso worked yesterday in the gym in Majadahonda and in principle he will be this Saturday against Wolfsburg. His role in this preseason is being of great relevance for the team. His ownership throughout the past season have given him a few stripes in defense that he has transmitted to the homegrown players. For Simeone, he is the leader of a rear reduced by the absence of internationals.

The Argentine coach's idea for the preseason matches was to consolidate the Hermoso-Savic center-back pair, but the Montenegrin muscle injury a week ago has complicated this option. It is a myofascia in the right quadriceps, which will keep you out of the group for a few weeks.

Given this situation in defense, it is time to check the level of the youth players. The first to step forward was Fran González, who played the full game in Austria. The recent signing for Atlético B wants to show that he can have the level to meet Simeone's demands.

The role of Javi Montero in this preseason is of great importance. After two years on loan, at Deportivo and Besiktas, the young central defender returns to the rojiblanco team with his future in the air. In these games he has a key opportunity to show what he is capable of.

One of Atlético's best assets in defense is Nehuén Pérez. The Argentine central defender has just been eliminated from the Tokyo Olympics, and he is ready to join Simeone in the next few days. After a season on loan at Granada, Pérez has shown sufficient level to complete the rojiblanca defense.

In the last few days Giménez and Felipe have joined the training sessions. The Uruguayan has started a specific plan to perform at a high level within two weeks, when LaLiga begins. For his part, the Brazilian is in the last phase of recovering from his knee injury, so Simeone will not have him for several weeks.

On the sides, what worries Simeone is the continuity of Trippier for the next course. The Englishman could go to Manchester United, where they want to have his services. The right-back has not yet spoken and his future is up in the air.

The Argentine coach hopes to reach the start of the championship with the largest number of troops from the first team. If this were not the case, they would have to place their trust in the quarry, since Atlético cannot afford even a mistake if they want to be champion again.

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