There is a battle for 9

The mechanic Simeone has been brought back from Barcelona an out-of-point sports car. And the mechanic Simeone is giving his recent acquisition a new shape. As it happened with Villa, Luis Suárez or Griezmann, what goes through their hands improves. An obsolete vehicle for the blaugranas is a reference for the Cholo. And now it’s up to Memphis. The Dutchman returned to the pitch after five games absent due to injury. And in 11 minutes he left a great goal to kill the game against Valladolid. He had already participated in the fourth with a good turn for the appearance of Correa, who when he tried to return it he saw how Joaquín scored in his own goal.

In all, Memphis has scored four goals in nine games with the Atlético shirt. Four goals in 268 league minutes (one every 67). To put it in context, the Dutchman arrived as a downward signing to replace João Félix (five goals in 957 minutes) and Matheus Cunha (none in 510), who wanted to find a shine in the Premier League that they thought Simeone did not offer them. A reality check, taking into account that the Portuguese has accumulated two goals in 1,051 minutes with the blues and the Brazilian another two in 841 minutes with the Wolves.

But, returning to Memphis, the injury came to him during the break when he had found his place at Atlético’s attack point. Starting against Girona, Seville and Valencia, the physical problems with the Netherlands were a hard blow to his set-up. But it’s back. And he wants to win back the stripes that he already enjoys on his shirt. Atlético’s 9. Although he is not a tip to use, what Cholo wanted, the market offered him the opportunity to take a Memphis with the desire to claim. And, at the moment she is responding. “Memphis has it, they should put it on more often because we are going to demand it”Simeone said yesterday.

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During his absence Simeone has been alternating Morata and Correa in the eleven. Betis, Rayo, Mallorca and Valladolid for the man from Madrid and Almería and Barcelona for the Argentine. Accompanying Griezmann is the privilege for which the rest of the mattress strikers fight. And the maximum assistant of LaLiga (there are already 12) understands perfectly with all of them. Morata has responded with goals in his last two appearances in the eleven. A streak player who has now found an affinity with the net again. Although it is difficult for him to get into the game with continuity, he is killing the chances he has. And that’s how he wins over Simeone.

For his part, Correa suffers when he has to play for so long with his back turned against physically stronger central defenders. His position is not that of nine, but he knows how to adapt to circumstances. It always has and it has always come out stronger. The 10 could be seen more comfortable in Zorrilla since he entered Memphis, forming a triple point along with the Dutchman and Griezmann. With a reference ahead there is more room to play. And, for Simeone there is no better news than having his forwards plugged in. A new challenge lies ahead for Atlético.

Being second in the table (two points behind Real Madrid)… and being the second top scorer in LaLiga and second least scored. With the five goals against Valladolid, he has accumulated 55 goals, four less than Barcelona and 14 less than Real Madrid. As for the mattress goal, the two goals conceded by Grbic leave the total at 25 goals against. If Barça is unattainable (11), they beat Real Sociedad by four (29 have conceded). The txuri-urdin team is third on the list. Mastering the areas, a challenge that Atlético has managed to significantly improve since the World Cup break. And internal competition increases in its lead.

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