Atlético Madrid had been dealt a blow throughout the week when Luis Suárez limped out of training and it was confirmed that he would miss a lot of weeks. Marcos Llorente and Geoffrey Kondogbia will miss the upcoming recreation in opposition to Actual Betis, too, due to suspension.
As Diego Simeone’s males limp towards LaLiga’s end line, nonetheless clinging to the highest spot, they had been handed some excellent news with key gamers returning on Thursday.
Lucas Torreira, who has suffered by way of a tough few weeks after his mom’s demise from COVID-19, returned to the group to bolster Cholo’s choices in midfield. The Uruguayan has publicly said his want to return to South America subsequent season to play with Boca Juniors the place he might be nearer to his household. The 25-year-old has not satisfied throughout his time in Madrid however may be essential within the coming weeks as Atlético strive to see off challenges from Barcelona and Real Madrid on the summit.
Stefan Savić, who missed final week’s recreation agains Sevilla, returns to the fold and appears like he’ll companion Mario Hermoso and José Giménez on the coronary heart of Atlético’s protection. Yannick Carrasco is again from his personal suspension, and together with Kieran Trippier, that quintet makes up Simeone’s first-choice defensive unit.
With Llorente and Suárez absent — and in opposition to a frisky Actual Betis aspect — the rojiblancos will want to be strong on the again and enhance on their return in assault from final weekend. Atleti had been outshot and outplayed on the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, and Simeone has performed the now-fit João Félix and Ángel Correa in assault forward of the conflict in opposition to Manuel Pellegrini’s aspect.
Moussa Dembélé stays on the margins after fainting at training final week. The Frenchman is on the highway to restoration, however Atlético will take their time introducing him again into the fold.
The excellent news for Atlético is that Borja Iglesias, who has scored six targets in seven video games, is uncertain for Sunday. Betis are sixth and stage on factors with Actual Sociedad after a critical upturn in kind. The verdiblancos are preventing for Europe, and can show a problem for a struggling Atlético.
Actual Madrid and Barcelona play one another on Saturday evening, and one or each will drop factors. Atlético want to win in opposition to Betis to end the weekend with a degree benefit over their two largest rivals. Atleti have collected 66 factors, Barcelona are on 65 and Madrid are on 63 — so no matter occurs Saturday, one of many Clásico aspect could have the identical or presumably extra factors than Atlético on Sunday morning.