Simeone has a plan for the derby. The Atlético coach has been changing his tests for the visit from Real Madrid and in the last training session prior to the duel he seems to have dispelled his doubts in attack, where Cunha and Griezmann were fighting for a hole in the starting scheme, and in defence, since Reinildo will finally be able to participate and it will be an asset to maintain security over Oblak’s goal.
The Appeals Committee agreed with Atlético, considered his appeal and invalidated the card that the Mozambican saw in Bilbao, so it will be an important piece for Cholo, which allows him vary his defensive system within the same game as a left back or third center back profiled on that side. Cunha for his part seems to have won the game against a Griezmann who has not scored for five months and will be Correa’s companion in the red and white forward.
The versatility of the squad allows Simeone different resources within the same match. Carrasco will apparently form in attack, but it is always an alternative to return to the defense of five and position yourself as a left winger. Same case as Llorente, with the ability to help in attack, as a right midfielder, in the middle and also in the right lane if it is Vrsaljko who delays his position. According to the latest tests of Cholo, the eleven against Real Madrid could be made up of: Oblak, Vrsaljko, Savic, Giménez, Reinildo; Llorente, Kondogbia, Koke, Carrasco; Correa and Cunha.
Atlético has the casualties of João Félix and Lemar due to injurywhere both strive to be able to participate before the end of the season, and also that of Hermoso for accumulation of reprimands. On the bench they would expect important alternatives such as Griezmann, Suarez, De Paul, Herrera, Lodi, Wass or Felipe.