Atlético Madrid will go to Villarreal on Sunday night time in an important sport for each side.
Villarreal (7-7-5, 28 factors) have gained 4 consecutive video games in LaLiga after a sluggish begin to the season had coach Unai Emery below strain. Talisman Gerard Moreno has returned from damage, however Emery — who has by no means defeated Diego Simeone in a head-to-head assembly — can be shorthanded coming into this match anyway. Samu Chukwueze and Boulaye Dia are off representing their international locations on the African Cup of Nations, whereas Arnaut Danjuma and Yeremy Pino are uncertain to play.
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This doesn’t imply Simeone will take Villarreal any much less severely.
“Villarreal are a really aggressive staff that performs properly, assaults properly,” Simeone stated Saturday. “They’re organized and power errors every sport, making you push ahead in order that they generate areas. I actually like how they play.”
Atlético (9-5-5, 32 factors) have began 2022 with back-to-back wins, however enter this sport with a number of absences. Along with the injured Antoine Griezmann, Simeone will be unable to depend on the suspended duo of José Giménez and Luis Suárez. Stefan Savić was regarded as on the verge of returning, however he’ll miss his seventh consecutive sport.
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“It worries and issues me,” Cholo stated concerning the health issues in his staff. “We’ll attempt to discover options.”
Atleti additionally stay quick at right-back, because the membership has not but discovered a alternative for Kieran Trippier. Marcos Llorente is prone to obtain one other begin on the place on Sunday.
“The fact of Trippier’s departure is that it opens the potential for having Marcos as a winger or a wing-back, as he’s within the nationwide staff with Luis Enrique,” Simeone stated. “Clearly a participant can not play in two locations, wing-back and midfielder, on the identical time. We all the time attempt to decide on what greatest balances the staff and makes us higher.”
This preview can be up to date with the official squad listing.
Date Jan. 9, 2022
Location La Cerámica, Vila-real, València
Kickoff time 9:00 p.m. CET, 8:00 p.m. GMT, 3:00 p.m. EST, 12:00 p.m. PST
SB Nation opposition website Villarreal USA