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Official: Atletico Madrid starting lineup against FC Porto



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Atletico Madrid have named their starting XI for their first UEFA Champions League match of the 2022/23 campaign against FC Porto.

The big news for Los Rojiblancos ahead of the game at the Civitas Metropolitano is that Jan Oblak is fit and starting in goal after a minor injury scare over the weekend.

The Slovenian goalkeeper is shielded by the back three of Jose Maria Gimenez, Axel Witsel and Reinildo Mandava while new signing Nahuel Molina and Yannick Carrasco occupy the wing-back slots on the right and left sides, respectively.

Captain Koke will marshal the midfield area with support from Marcos Llorente and Saul Niguez, meaning there is no space in the lineup for Geoffrey Kondogbia yet again. Rodrigo de Paul also finds himself on the bench.

Joao Felix and Alvaro Morata, who have started the new campaign on a strong note, continue in attack for Atletico Madrid against FC Porto. Antoine Griezmann is again on the bench and will likely be introduced after the 60th-minute mark, as has been norm this season.

Confirmed Atletico Madrid XI: Oblak, Molina, Gimenez, Witsel, Reinildo, Carrasco, Llorente, Koke, Saul, Morata, Felix.

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Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer



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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.

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