Atlético de Madrid and Barcelona are cited in the Metropolitan this Saturday at 9:00 p.m. in one of the best games of the championship. Of course, neither of the two sets are going through their best moment. The rojiblancos arrive on the rise after that miraculous victory against Milan, but the sensations do not finish convincing. Those that do not convince anything are those of the Catalans, who were thrashed by Benfica in the Champions.
Madrid nightlife will live one of those great days. Two of the biggest teams in the country face each other in the Metropolitan. The current champion of the Santander League and a giant in low hours are measured in a crash that can be decisive for the future of Ronald Koeman. Simeone examines the Dutchman and the Argentine coach already knows what it is to be the executioner of a coach of the Barcelona: eliminate the culés in the first Super Cup that was played in Arabia was the trigger for Bartomeu, president of the entity at that time, Txingurri Valverde.
The Atlético de Madrid arrives at the meeting in full rush after prevailing in San Siro al Milan. The colchoneros are paying for comebacks and that means they are suffering more defensively than other seasons. Despite this, the men of the Cholo They are three points away from the top of the standings, so they continue to promise to be in the fight to revalidate the title until next May.
Suárez and Griezmann are morbid
If one of the most beautiful duels will be in the goals with two of the best goalkeepers in the world, the curiosity will put it Luis Suárez and Antoine Griezmann. Both footballers are again measuring their former team fighting now for the interests of the colchoneros. Neither of us came out well Can Barça and now they will seek to take revenge, but above all to fight for those who are now theirs.
Luis Suárez and Griezmann were the architects of the comeback of the Athletic before him Milan and they point to the starting eleven in the Metropolitan. The defense of Cholo it seems to be clear: Trippier and Carrasco on the rails and Giménez, Savic and Hermoso they point to the axis of the rear. Boil and Llorente They will be in the core and the last place will be disputed by De Paul or Thomas Lemar. As for the goal, few doubts, Jan Oblak He is the owner and lord of the arch of the colchonero fiefdom.
Koeman plays it
Al Metropolitan comes a Barcelona that is very touched. The win against Levante last weekend was a clear mirage of the sporting crisis that they cannot overcome. The last blow was in front of the Benfica on Lisboa, where they were defeated by a resounding 3-0 that leaves even more doubts in the air regarding Ronald Koeman, It seemed like every game of his these weeks ago was going to be his last. The Dutchman will not be able to sit on the bench for serving his last suspension game and maybe he will not do it again if the result is not good.
Besides that Joan Laporta does not have a substitute for Koeman tied up, the international break threatens the former Netherlands coach. Two weeks of national team football are coming and it may be the perfect time for, in the event that they cease to Ronald, a new coach gets to know those who were not called by their countries and begins to implement their new ideas. But for all this we will have to wait to see what happens during the 90 minutes in the Metropolitan.
To try to save his position Ronald Koeman will put himself in the hands of his footballers, who want to recover from the defeat against Benfica with a win in a field where they lost last year. As for the eleven that the Dutch coach could draw, not many variations would be expected, although Pedri’s absence would stand out, he dropped at the last minute due to injury. A defense of five formed by Dest, Araújo, Piqué, Eric and Jordi Alba to strengthen the line, Busquets, Frenkie de Jong and the new international, Gavi, in the spinal cord and Memphis and Coutinho as more advanced footballers. In the goal, as in the other side, there are no doubts with Ter Stegen and Ansu Fati would wait for his opportunity on the bench.