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Atletico left-back Renan Lodi sought a psychologist after Copa America defeat to Argentina

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Renan Lodi was one of the most vilified players in the Brazilian media when the South American giants lost to their arch-rivals Argentina in last year’s Copa America final.

Not only did the Atletico Madrid fullback had kept Angel Di Maria onside, but he also failed to clear Rodrigo de Paul’s attempted through ball. The mistake led to Di Maria comfortably beating Ederson Moraes, scoring the only goal of the game.

Argentina’s victory helped them put an end to a 28-year wait for silverware. It also granted Lionel Messi his first major international triumph with Argentina.

Back in Brazil, Lodi received brutal treatment and was criticised for his performance in the final. He is yet to even make a single appearance for the Selecao since the defeat to Argentina.

In an interview with TNT Sports, Lodi has opened up on his struggles since the Copa America defeat where he has revealed his difficulties to cope with fierce critics. He even admitted to seeking a psychologist in order to get him through the tough period.

“It was all very hard. I cried a lot. I got sick in my head and went in search of a psychologist and all because it was very difficult. That’s when I gave that fall inside the club as well. It affected me a lot,” Lodi said.

After a difficult summer, the 23-year-old returned to Atletico Madrid, hoping to help Los Colchoneros defend the league title. However, the defender has failed to establish himself as a first-team regular Diego Simeone, who has largely favoured Yannick Carrasco in the wing-back slot.

With Carrasco suspended, though, Lodi is being tipped to start for Atletico in their midweek Champions League encounter against Manchester United. It is a must-win game for the left-back and his compadres as they look to seal a ticket to the last eight of the competition.

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Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo

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According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.

Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.

Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.

Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.

Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.

However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.

Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.

Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.

It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.

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