Atlético de Madrid begins its journey in the 2021/2022 Champions League this Wednesday against Porto. The rojiblanco team has a difficult group stage ahead of them and they know that it is essential to start with a victory.
For this, Simeone will introduce the man who revolutionized the team against Espanyol and was the great architect of the comeback: Thomas Lemar. Let’s see which players will accompany him from the start.
Jan Oblak, Atlético de Madrid / Quality Sport Images / Getty Images
There is no doubt in the goal, Jan Oblak will be the rojiblanco guardian against Porto. The Slovenian is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and he shows it in every game with his saves.
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Kieran Trippier, Atlético de Madrid / Quality Sport Images / Getty Images
Trippier will be in the right lane. The English defender is irreplaceable in that position despite the fact that in the last game he was substituted at half-time due to his poor first half. If he can’t wash his image against Porto, then he could get into trouble.
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The right central will be one of Simeone’s fixed, Stefan Savic. The Montengrino knows how to act as a leader and does not usually make big mistakes behind or is intimidated by pressure. Against the Porto strikers he will have a busy night.
José María Giménez, Atlético de Madrid / Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno / Getty Images
The Uruguayan is now available and will regain his place in the center of the rear, leaving Felipe on the bench. Giménez is the leader of this defense and if he is fit he does not lose a minute. His forcefulness and passing game are very good for the team.
Mario Hermoso, Atlético de Madrid / Eric Alonso / Getty Images
The third center-back of the team will be Mario Hermoso, who has established himself in that position. Against Espanyol he did not show his best version but tomorrow he will have a great opportunity to claim.
Yannick Carrasco, Atlético de Madrid / Quality Sport Images / Getty Images
The left-handed winger will be Carrasco. The Belgian showed in the last game that the closer to the area he is, the more dangerous he is, but Simeone will give him the whole band again and will have to apply himself in defense as well.
Koke, Atlético de Madrid / Eric Alonso / Getty Images
The team handle will be carried by the captain, Koke. The midfielder is the one who makes the team play and a good part of Atleti’s luck will depend on his inspiration and his success in drawing plays.
Marcos Llorente, Atlético de Madrid / Eric Alonso / Getty Images
Marcos Llorente is the total player, it does not matter in which area of the field you put him that he will always fulfill. Its power and versatility allow it to help in defensive tasks and join the attack with danger. The closer you are to the area, the better.
Thomas Lemar, Atlético de Madrid / Eric Alonso / Getty Images
The Frenchman has earned a place in the eleven after being the shock in the last league game. His entry completely changed the face of Atleti and Simeone knows how to recover those things.
Antoine Griezmann, Atlético de Madrid / Eric Alonso / Getty Images
Griezmann will repeat in the starting eleven. The Frenchman did not have the dream debut on his return to Atleti but Simeone made it clear that between him and Correa he prefers to bet on the Frenchman. Much is expected of him.
Luis Suárez, Atlético de Madrid / Eric Alonso / Getty Images
Eleven is completed by the gunman. Luis Suárez is the 9th starter and undisputed of the rojiblancos and sooner or later the goals will begin to fall from his pocket. Against Porto he will not be able to miss clear chances as happened in the league, but the team will end up suffering until the last minute.
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