Atletico Madrid kick off their 2022/23 Champions League campaign against FC Porto next week. And they will have to do so without defender Felipe, who will be suspended for the clash after getting sent off against Manchester City in the second leg of last season’s last-16 encounter.
The Brazilian defender was first cautioned in the first half and received a needless second yellow after leaving one on Phil Foden in the dying embers of the contest.
The 33-year-old’s red card during the 2021/22 term will carry forward to this season as Atletico were eliminated at that stage of the competition. It means he will not be available for selection in Atleti’s upcoming battle on Wednesday night.
It is key to remember that so far, Felipe is yet to feature for the side from the Spanish capital.
While not being in the matchday squad for Atletico Madrid’s league opener against Getafe, he has stayed on the bench in following games against Villarreal, Valencia and Real Sociedad.
Other defensive alternatives such as Jose Maria Gimenez, Stefan Savic and Reinildo have started a chunk of the games, with even midfielder Axel Witsel tested in a back three.
As a result, the 33-year-old’s suspension should not impact the side’s chances in their next game to significant effect. However, Diego Simeone would hope that Felipe learns from his reckless ways of the past, as it may cost the side in Europe’s elite competition one day.
With Jan Oblak sustaining a thigh injury in the side’s latest 1-1 draw against Real Sociedad, Diego Simeone’s men might have another notable absentee ahead of their meeting with the Portuguese giants.
Savic has also missed the last two La Liga matches due to injury and will be a doubt, while new signing Sergio Reguilon is also dealing with a fitness concern and could be absent for Atletico Madrid against FC Porto.
Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo
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.