Atlético celebrates This Sunday Children’s Day and the Metropolitan is preparing for the match against Osasuna to be a party. To the rojiblanco team, who played noisily in Elche, is doing very well playing at home and intends to give it continuity. The first setback is that Simeone goes with just enough to meet. With six players injured, the coach has an eleven of guarantees and little else. He will not be able to continue the eleven of the last four days because Lemar has fallen. Barrios will enter through him and, in principle, it will be the last change.
In addition to French, the list of casualties is completed with Oblak, Reinildo, Savic, Marcos Llorente and Memphis. This group has already missed several games and some of them will not play again this season. With the rest, Simeone has found a reliable eleven that clearly beat Mallorca, Valladolid and Cádiz before falling against the bottom team. One of the aces to follow in this Atlético-Osasuna game will be Grbic. The goalkeeper failed in Elche and is alternating good saves with moments of insecurity. His challenge is to leave a clean sheet, something that he has not yet achieved in the seven games that he has started.
The defense has been recited by heart lately. The lanes are for the incombustible Nahuel Molina and Carrasco, and the line of three centrals will be made up of Witsel, Giménez and Hermoso. All of them will have a hard test against Osasuna and their way of charging the area with lateral crosses and second plays up front.
The only novelty is expected in the center of the field. Koke and De Paul are fixed and, without Llorente or Lemar, Simeone has chosen Barrios ahead of Saúl and Kondogbia. And in attack, Cholo insists with the Griezmann-Morata couple. At some point during the week, he considered using Correa as well, but he prefers to save the Argentine for the second half. The coach had to complete the call with three boys from the subsidiary, Gomís, Marco Moreno and Carlos Martín, the last two starters this Saturday against Espanyol B.