A test with a net is left for Atlético this summer. In five days, seven for Atlético, LaLiga begins and everything that happens counts. At the moment, the rojiblanco summer has been marked by the cholitos. They started the preseason in San Rafael while Atlético filled with internationals the Eurocup, America’s Cup and Gold Cup, they defended the rojiblanca in Soria and Salzburg.
But the older ones have been arriving, taking their places. Today’s test, the last friendly match, is the first in which the eleven that Cholo comes out with will really look a lot like the one in a week in Balaídos. De Paul made his debut at Carranza and Carrasco returned. Today they return, in addition to Handsome, perhaps, after his indisposition in Germany, Koke and Llorente, the captain and the essential. All four will be headlines. The first ones will already be over 45 ‘. The seconds go on stage with an ambition. Show that the last LaLiga champion also wants this one. Is also back Herrera as best player of the Gold Cup.
Opposite, the Feyenoord. It will be the first time. Never before have the rojiblancos measured the Rotterdam team, which during this preseason has mixed the friendlies with the previous ones from the Conference League. Three wins, two losses and two draws is your balance. A team shot that will measure the Cholo test. Atlético have only won one game of the four they have played. Feyenoord will try to drown him in his bathtub, De Kuip, as his stadium is popularly known.
It was in Wolfsburg. Ties haunt him. And lack of forcefulness in the area, diminished by the absence of the last to join the team, this week, the goal Don Luis Suárez and Correa. Llorente, called to be ‘9’ of emergency in Vigo if they only have minutes, due to the lack of filming, he has today’s test to fit the suit. Wherever it is located, it always responds. It has the physique. And the football. In attack, by his side, possibly, the last cholito that survives from this rare summer of 2021, Giuliano Simeone. His hunger for the ball, his fight, not giving up a lost ball, It has been the best news that Simeone has found looking at the grass in the last matches.
He has the spotlight on from Burgo de Osma, and he smiles for all the photos, because in all of them he comes out, with assists, he struggles. The spotlight is on like another rojiblanco whose future is still in the air. But the days go by and he’s still at Atleti, it’s Saúl. Simeone has once again shown his best face when they have put him where he thinks he performs best: left lane. The coach says that his best virtue is versatility, although the footballer does not like it, and his environment does not like it, that Simeone gets a lot right, a lot more than he is wrong. And from that profile it shines. As Atleti will seek to do it this afternoon. The last one without a network.