Chen, it seemed that the new rojiblanco system that is being talked about so much these weeks was immovable for Simeone, the losses may make him have to rethink some other adjustments. It seems difficult to give up something that is working, but there are several key players in this drawing who for one reason or another will not be in Ipurúa next Thursday to face Eibar de Mendilibar. Trippier and Koke for sure, and Mario Hermoso quite likely, are the key faces that Cholo will not be able to count on this next day. The absence of the English full-back,
Once FIFA has ratified the FA’s sanction and waiting for the TAS to be able to bring joy to the mattresses, seems key. His role on the field could indeed be played by Vrsaljko, although the Croatian has not particularly shone in the games he has had to play these weeks. The characteristics of one and the other adapt differently to the lane position. Trippier has found in Savic a life insurance to be able to break free and look in attack where he is much more comfortable.
The Englishman has converted his partnership with Marcos Llorente and Correain the owner of the red and white right wing. The three central released the British a lot to the point of achieving a performance above expectations. On the other hand, Vrsaljko has looked more when he has played as a side of a defense of four than as a winger. Despite this, the loss of Trippier is not the most decisive when it comes to Simeone being able to consider a script change.
Koke, who will be out due to an accumulation of cards, had assumed in recent weeks the responsibility of being practically the only positional midfielder of the team. The rojiblancos in the squad do not have another footballer capable of exercising that role as the captain. None of the other media has the characteristics of Vallecano. Everything indicates that his position will be covered by a Saul who began to show signs of improvement against Sevilla but who is a footballer like more traveled than Koke and who keeps his position-less,
So it seems complicated that he can perform the same work he has done these past days on 6 rojiblanco. Any of the other midfielders, removing a Herrera who comes out of injury, they would make the rojiblanco midfield lose much clarity with the ball out, so it is not ruled out that Simeone could consider turning a more classic double pivot. It remains to be seen what combination suits the coach or if on the contrary, he would keep Marcos Llorente as Saúl’s partner or whoever replaces Koke.
But if there is a fundamental loss for the system of the three centrals, it is that of Mario Hermoso. Indeed, he is currently the only one of the three who is not completely ruled out despite his sprained ankle. If the left-handed central defender is finally down, Simeone will have a serious problem on the defensive line. Not because his role as a defense cannot be done by Felipe, who should be the one to occupy his position in the case of keeping the three centrals, the problem would come in the exit of the ball,
Where the rojiblancos had found their first pitcher in Hermoso. The presence of Mario frees the midfielder many times from having to go out with the ball and he can take care of that first pass. By losing the exit of the ball with Hermoso, Atlético would have a problem added to that of the absence of Koke and Trippier. He would suddenly lose three of the players who participate in the initial phase of almost all plays.
Simeone will have to value all this and see if it is worth returning for a day to the 4-4-2 of a lifetime at the cost of penalizing some players who have performed very well in the new system. It would be difficult to find accommodation for players like Lemar who has already been lost on the wing other times unless he occupied the position of the second striker, relegating Joao Felix to the bench.
Or decide to maintain the new system of three central with the risk of losing clarity in the exit of the ball caused by absences. On Thursday in Ipurúa we will leave doubts.