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Official: Atletico Madrid starting lineup to face Sevilla



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After the derby defeat prior to the international break, Atletico Madrid will be aiming to return to winning ways in La Liga when they lock horns with Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in a few hours.

Los Rojiblancos have confirmed their starting XI for the contest against Julen Lopetegui’s side for the clash. The big news for Atletico Madrid is that key defenders Jose Maria Gimenez and Stefan Savic are fully fit and included in the lineup by manager Diego Simeone.

Interestingly, Cholo has switched to a 4-4-2 formation for the game as had been speculated for much of this week. Nahuel Molina and Reinildo Mandava line up as the full-backs flanking Savic and Gimenez, while Jan Oblak continues in goal.

Veteran midfielder Axel Witsel starts in the centre of the park after having played in defence for much of the new season. He partners with club captain Koke, who creates history as he becomes the Atletico Madrid player with the most number of appearances for the Rojiblancos.

Surprisingly, Yannick Carrasco is not included in the lineup as Simeone has favoured Saul Niguez on the left flank while Marcos Llorente starts on the right.

Up ahead, Alvaro Morata gets the nod as expected, but he is partnered by Matheus Cunha ahead of Joao Felix. Antoine Griezmann, as has been the norm this season, appears on the bench, along with Angel Correa and Geoffrey Kondogbia.

Atletico Madrid Starting XI: Oblak, Molina, Savic, Gimenez, Reinildo, Llorente, Koke, Witsel, Saul, Cunha, Morata.

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Atletico Madrid have made enquiries for 26-year-old Premier League defender



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According to Diario AS, Atletico Madrid are among the clubs interested in the services of Caglar Soyuncu. It appears the Rojiblancos are determined to reinforce their options in the defensive unit, with the Leicester City star emerging as one of the options.

The report suggests Atletico have asked about Soyuncu’s environment over a potential move to the Civitas Metropolitano in the near future. The club’s sporting director Andrea Berta had met Mustaga Bogru, who was the former representative of the player.

Although Soyuncu’s environment has claimed that the two parties are closing in on a final agreement, Atletico have denied the reports. But they are actively trying to sign the defender in January or at the end of the season, when he will be a free agent.

Diego Simeone’s interest in signing a new defender stems from the uncertainty looming around the future of some of his central defenders, including Mario Hermoso and Felipe. Hence, Soyuncu has become a viable option to partner Stefan Savic at the Metropolitano.

The club from the capital are tilting towards the same operation they had for Reinildo, which is to sign the player on a cut-price fee in the winter window.

Following Atleti’s elimination from the UEFA Champions League, though, Los Colchoneros do not have much capital to splurge in the upcoming January transfer window. As such, they are favouring a move at the end of the season when Caglar Soyuncu would become a free agent.

Formerly of VfB Stuttgart, Soyuncu has featured in 125 competitive matches for Leicester City since joining the club in the summer of 2018. Atletico Madrid were one of the clubs who were interested in the defender, shortly before his move to King Power Stadium.

Although Simeone’s side were unable to sign the defender, they are in contention to snap up the Turkish international in the coming year, especially with the player himself more than keen on taking the next step in his career.

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