Sunday, June 26

Atlético visit Granada with fear of falling off LaLiga

Atlético de Madrid will try to return to the path of victory this Wednesday (7:00 p.m. / Movistar LaLiga) at Nuevo Los Cármenes against Granada, postponed match of the ninth day of LaLiga Santander, to find his ‘beacon’ of play and results that will return him to the Champions League positions.

Despite three consecutive defeats against Mallorca, the derby with Real Madrid and Sevilla, ‘El Cholo’ Simeone has turned his faith in the mattress squad and that the Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez, who was messed up in his last substitution, recovers the ‘gunpowder’ of the past season to stop the bleeding of points lost in recent days.

“I am not going to leave the line in which I believe”, proclaimed Simeone yesterday, without departing from an ideology that led him to add two light championships – along with a Cup and Super Cup in Spain, and two European Leagues and two European Super Cups – in his ‘golden decade’ on the mattress bench.

Marcos Llorente, with a gluteal injury, has joined the casualties of Antoine Griezmann, Stefan Savic and Vrsaljko due to injury to face a rival he has faced 50 times, with only 9 defeats, 10 draws and 31 victories, the last one in the previous visit to Nuevo Los Cármenes by 1-2, with goals from Llorente and Correa.

Luis Suárez, the top rojiblanco gunner, with 7 pointswill be Atlético’s main asset to improve their numbers away from Wanda Metropolitano (14 points in 9 games) and displace Rayo Vallecano, or Barça if they beat Sevilla this Tuesday, from the Champions League positions.

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The goal does not have a card

Under the effect of ‘triplet‘from the veteran Jorge Molina, The oldest player -39 years and 241 days- to achieve it in LaLiga Santander, in the defeat (4-1) against Mallorca, Granada intends to take a break and face 2022 more calmly with a victory that leaves behind its evil garter boot.

With two wins, two draws and one loss (3-1, against Rayo) in the last month, the Robert Moreno They have straightened the course to move away from the places of descent and ambition the upper-middle zone of past courses.

The former national coach will not be able to count on the sanctioned Quini against Atlético, who will be replaced by Santiago Arias, Maxime Gonalons, and neither with the central Neyder Lozano, injured. Rubén Rochina and Domingos Duarte They will be doubtful until the last minute due to physical discomfort.

Moreno highlights the level of the rival, whom he does not see as weak as his last defeats point out. “Against Sevilla and Mallorca they deserved more, “said the Nasrid coach, who wants to give a victory to the local fans before the Christmas break to continue training with a hanging smile.


Granada: Luis Maximiano; Arias, Torrente, Germán Sánchez, Neva; Doors, Milla, Montoro, Machis; Molina and Luis Suárez.

Athletic: Oblak; Felipe, Giménez, Hermoso, Trippier; De Paul, Koke, Lemar, Carrasco; Luis Suárez and Joao Félix.

Referee: Hernández Hernández (C. Las Palmas).

Stadium: New Los Cármenes.

Hour: 19:00 (Movistar LaLiga).

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