The Atletico Madrid undertakes his second appointment of the group stage of the Champions League. He will do it in a painful and emblematic place for the team of Simeone. San siro. In front of Milan. On that stage he touched glory in the Champions League and he escaped cruelly from the penalty spot in a final that he had deserved to win. But football is not about justice, it is about many other things. That wound is one more scar on the tanned historical body of an entity that has forged its unique personality, in adversity but also in glory.
Neither the situation nor the situation are the same as then. His reality today is more mundane. A date in the group stage before a AC Milan that in recent years has grown slowly but surely, in its quest to regain a European position more in line with its glorious history. And the best that can be said today about the Lombard side is that it is young but very competitive. Enough to put a lot of trouble for an Atlético who is still filming this year.
Those of Simeone They arrive at the appointment with the doubts generated after their last performances. The Porto already gave him a good scare in the first duel of Champions, the Portuguese could even take the victory. But it is that later, first parts like those of the Spanish, Getafe or the full game of Alaves -Defeat included- have placed the team in an uncertainty that is not the best for a date like that of San siro. In the last four games, two goals in favor and two against for the colchoneros, a very scarce background.
In the rojiblanco dressing room they are aware that things have to be changed, that the intensity and the game with which they go out on many dates is not adequate. But you keep stumbling over the same stone.
A recognizable bet
Apparently in the only previous test, Simeone can go back to the roots of his game, a more recognizable 4-4-2 similar to that of the Athletic in the final stretch of last year. With Griezmann on the bench and with the only loss of Savic due to injury. The return of Koke and the presence of Lemar, Joao Felix and the mentioned Griezmann on the bench they guarantee reaction capacity if things don’t go well. The Frenchman was one of the protagonists of that final of 2017 and on his feet was the title, with the failure of the penalty during the 90 minutes that would have earned the colchoneros a 2-1 final.
The Frenchman does not finish taking off, perhaps the stage is the best for it, to get rid of ghosts. But you will have to wait to do it because initially it will be strap the one who jumps. The Argentine, top scorer of the Athletic right now, go back to your place. We already say, a more recognizable team.
For his part, Milan it is also in need. Lost in Anfield on the first day although he deserved more and already showed that it is a determined team with quality. In the A series he is second, with five wins and only one draw. It is true that Pioli has significant casualties, such as those of Ibrahimovic, Bakayoko, Florenzi nor the bosnian Rade Krunic. But he has recovered important players such as Giroud, Calabria or Kjaer.
The ‘rossonero’ painting clings to physical power Rafa Leao, the kind of Tonali, the verticality and bad milk of Rebic and of course to the technical quality of a Brahim Diaz that with three goals and one assist sets the pace for the good Italian team.
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