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Official: Atletico Madrid starting lineup to face Sevilla
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.
🚨 ATLETI STARTING XI VS SEVILLA 🚨 pic.twitter.com/8cmB8Nh9ni— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) October 1, 2022
Atletico Madrid Starting XI: Oblak, Molina, Savic, Gimenez, Reinildo, Llorente, Koke, Witsel, Saul, Cunha, Morata.
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Atletico Madrid, Chelsea contact PSG midfielder’s agent with player set to leave
Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are among the clubs that have made contact with the agent of PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes, who is set to leave this summer.
This claim comes from journalist Martin Arevalo on ESPN, who states that apart from Atletico and Chelsea, an unnamed third club have also established contact with the Argentine international’s representative.
Paredes has been on PSG’s books since January 2019, when he arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg. For a large part of his time at the French capital outfit, the midfielder had been a regular starter in the side.
However, last summer saw Paredes get shipped out on loan to Juventus. He has played 33 times for the Bianconeri this season with a return of one goal and assist apiece.
The Serie A heavyweights, who were recently hit with a 10-point deduction, have the option to purchase him permanently. But, as per the report, his relationship with manager Massimiliano Allegri is not good and a return to PSG is on the cards.
And considering that he is not in the plans back at Parc des Princes either, a permanent departure away seems set in stone for Paredes.
As such, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, and an unnamed club have shown interest in acquiring his services by making contact with the 28-year-old World Cup winner’s agent.
With Koke entering the final phase of his career and Geoffrey Kondogbia expected to leave at the end of the season, the Rojiblancos could do with reinforcements in the centre of the park.
Paredes, who has plenty of experience at the highest level and is known for his aggressive mentality, can be a good fit into Diego Simeone’s setup at the Civitas Metropolitano.
But, with Chelsea also in the picture, things could get tricky for the Colchoneros. After all, Atleti are operating on tight finances and are looking for bargain and free transfer signings in the market with the likes of Marcus Thuram, Jordi Alba, and Raphael Guerreiro emerging as targets.