Atletico Madrid have named their starting XI for the derby against Real Madrid at the Civitas Metropolitano. And in a huge surprise, Antoine Griezmann has been handed his first start of the season.
It is no secret that Atletico have been regulating his minutes to avoid paying his €40 million permanent purchase fee, but Diego Simeone has thrust the Frenchman into the starting XI against their neighbours.
Griezmann partners with Joao Felix up top for the Rojiblancos, with former Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata left out on the bench, along with Matheus Cunha and Angel Correa.
Geoffrey Kondogbia also gets a rare start in the middle of the park. He is partnered by Rodrigo de Paul and Atletico Madrid captain Koke in midfield, with the latter now becoming the player with the joint-highest number of appearances for Los Colchoneros.
Yannick Carrasco lines up as the left-sided wing-back and will provide a key attacking outlet for the hosts, while ex-Real Madrid ace Marcos Llorente gets the nod on the opposite flank, ahead of new signing Nahuel Molina.
Felipe, Axel Witsel and Reinildo Mandava make up the three-man backline for Atleti, that will guard Jan Oblak in goal. The Slovenian international makes a return to the lineup after missing the last two matches with an injury.
¡Los 11 rojiblancos que defenderán nuestros colores esta noche! 🙌🔴⚪ pic.twitter.com/hX2gX3pB0x— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) September 18, 2022
Confirmed Atletico Madrid XI: Oblak, Felipe, Witsel, Reinildo, Llorente, de Paul, Kondogbia, Koke, Carrasco, Felix, Griezmann.
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.