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Simeone talks Cunha, Grbic, Oblak, Witsel after Atletico Madrid 4-1 Celta Vigo



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Atletico Madrid bounced back to winning ways in La Liga as they thrashed Celta Vigo 4-1 at the Civitas Metropolitano on Saturday night.

Diego Simeone fielded a much-changed side keeping in mind the upcoming Champions League clash against Bayer Leverkusen. But the hosts started well, as Angel Correa opened the scoring just nine minutes into the contest.

Midfielder Rodrigo De Paul doubled the Colchoneros’ lead five minutes into the second period before Yannick Carrasco made it 3-0 in the 66th minute.

Celta Vigo did manage to pull one back through Gabri Veiga in the 71st minute, but Unai Nunez scored an own goal ten minutes later to help Atleti reestablish their three-goal lead and romp home to a statement win.

The victory sees Los Rojiblancos move to fourth place in the La Liga standings and manager Simeone talked about the performance and the victory of the game, saying:

“We try to make sure the people are well. Today I felt the fans very close, as always in the history of this club. The goals were beautifully made. We need to be a team. Whoever understands it will have more minutes and the one who doesn’t, no”.

The Argentine tactician was also full of praise for Brazilian forward Matheus Cunha as he said: “Cunha, due to his characteristics, is the ideal player for Atlético. We need him because he transmits power, personality.”

On his decision to rest Jan Oblak and hand Ivo Grbic an opportunity in between the sticks against Celta, Simeone said:

“We understood that he was not in his best shape. Great opportunity, very well taken advantage of by Grbic, who is well integrated into the group and works with great enthusiasm. When you work, you get paid.”

Cholo also hailed veteran midfielder Axel Witsel for his performance in the backline, saying: “He has a great virtue: a vision of the game like few others. He has been a midfielder with great vision.

“When Giménez and Savic were not there, we understood that his characteristics could help us. He not only did well in that position. He gives us something different from the characteristics we have and we must continue to take advantage of it. And he has to go further because he can give us a lot because of his quality.”

Source: AS

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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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