While Barcelona have one eye on the Europa League, Atletico Madrid will use that opportunity to put pressure on the Blaugranas with a win over Levante tomorrow night. The Valencia outfit will travel to the Spanish capital to contest in the delayed fixture that was postponed from gameweek 21.
Ahead of the game, Diego Simeone has selected 17 players that will form the starting lineup and bench. Antoine Griezmann is still injured and does not make the cut for this game. He is expected to return vs Osasuna.
Felipe picked up a red card against Getafe on the weekend, and therefore, is not included in the team. He is replaced by Manuel Lama Maroto of the youth team. The Spaniard will don the #42 jersey for the clash.
Lama and Stefan Savic are the only central defenders in the list, with Jose Gimenez still injured.
Guiliano Simeone, son of Diego Simeone, was on the bench vs Getafe but has been dropped for the midweek match.
📋 ¡Estos son los futbolistas citados para el duelo contra el Levante! pic.twitter.com/eJDV9e0yXA— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) February 15, 2022
Goalkeepers: Lecomte, Oblak
Defenders: Lodi, Savic, Reinildo, Vrsaljko, Lama
Midfielders: Kondogbia, de Paul, Koke, Llorente, Lemar, Herrera
Forwards: Felix, Suarez, Correa, Cunha
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.