To make Diego Godin forget, almost nothing, in his first season in the central quarter. From being the leader of the rojiblanca defense to barely playing when the other three centrals are out due to injury or sanction. This has been the jump back of Felipe Monteiro who will have a new extra ball against Celta to show that he is once again his first year. The almost certain loss of Mario Hermoso due to his positive in Covid forces Simeone to return to pull a Felip e that arrives after being clearly surpassed by Alvaro Negred or in Cadiz. The veteran 9 won the match more than the former Porto and scored the two goals of a team that scared the rojiblancos by improper concentration errors of the best defensive network of the championship.
Although Felipe is not living his best moment of form, the reality is that the injuries (in the case of Giménez) or the Covid (in the case of Hermoso) have given him the option to play 22 games this year, 16 of them in LaLiga (although only nine of the latter indeed played them completely). In several, also, it was the resource of Simeone to lose time or strengthen the aerial game strong point of the center against rival attacks.
A few figures enough, at least that is how it should be so that the footballer who has trouble getting into shape would regain his lofty level from last year. For now and if the surprise does not jump with Hermoso he will have a new option to claim against Celta to stop being the team’s central quarter. Something unthinkable a year ago, when no one doubted his leadership.