Atletico Madrid returned to winning ways against Real Madrid on the weekend as Yannick Carrasco’s penalty was enough to separate the derby rivals. Tonight, they take on 14th-placed Elche in the hope of building on that win.
As the lineup suggests, Carrasco starts on the left-wing in a 4-4-2, while captain Koke has taken the role on the right side. Rodrigo de Paul and Geoffrey Kondogbia form the double pivot.
Angel Correa has been benched following his subpar outing, with Antoine Griezmann replacing him as one of the two attackers. Matheus Cunha retains his position and will act as the primary target man.
Sime Vrsaljko and Reinildo Mandava are the fullbacks, but only the former is expected to be part of offensive transitions. Jose Maria Gimenez and Stefan Savic start in the heart of the midfield, while Jan Oblak guard the goal.
This formation will likely morph into a 3-5-2 and even a 3-3-4 with Carrasco as the furthest man forward and Reilindo acting as an auxiliary centre-back.
Confirmed Atletico Madrid XI: Oblak; Vrsaljko, Savic, Gimenez, Reinildo; Koke, de Paul, Kondogbia, Carrasco; Correa, Cunha
Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer
Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.
But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.
Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.
But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.
However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.
Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.
Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.
So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.
The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.
But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.