Trippier, a resounding victory

Atlético conquered LaLiga 2020-21 and faced the transfer market with the clear intention of live a calmer summer than after the previous title (2014), at least in the field of exits. If at the time Simeone had to say goodbye to Diego Costa, Villa, Filipe or Courtois, the great objective in order to try to repeat the feat this season was to maintain the backbone of the champion team, adding also pieces of great value such as Griezmann or De Paul.

For this reason, the club was very clear about its capital players: clause or nothing. This was communicated to Trippier, who came to collect multiple offers from the Premier to take him back to his country of origin. The winger let it be known that he had certain family needs that made him consider the option of returning to England, with Manchester United as the main pursuer, but without considering in any case to declare in absentia or force an exit. He is happy at Atlético, although he has a certain homesickness for his homeland.

The rojiblanco club took advantage of the 60 million clause and despite the latest attempts by the reds devils, they never came close to such a figure, so his departure was ruled out. At 30 years old (he turns 31 this month), Trippier is indisputable and has exploited like no one that position of right lane in a defense of five. Last season a FIFA sanction kept him off the pitch for ten games and the team noticed his absence a lot, having to resort to a Vrsaljko far from his level or use Llorente out of place, losing much of its ability to arrive.

The ’14’ was again the solution in the position against Celta and Elche, while Trippier was taking shape after joining the preseason in the last round after reaching the final of the Eurocup. But against Villarreal he was already able to put himself at the controls of his lane, completing the match and staying millimeters from achieving his first goal as an athletic man with a header that Mandi took over the line. He was also able to add his first assist, but Lemar’s shot was taken out between Rulli and the stick. And it is that Trippier gives a lot to Simeone in that position, both in the offensive and defensive section. His vision of the game and understanding with Llorente leads him to be fundamental for break lines with his passes to space and to the back of the rival left side. Also with his centers to the area and great connection with Correa and Luis Suárez is a very important argument in the offensive zone.

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Trippier made a quality leap in his second season in LaLiga and wants to continue with his full growth in that system that favors him so much. He knows that Savic is his best bodyguard and he feels more comfortable to defend with less responsibility when looking back when he joins in attack, but he is also very confident when he has to close in defense. The continuity of English was essential for Simeone and the club closed itself to any negotiation for him.

One of the great concerns was his contractual situation as British, after Brexit placed the new signings from the British Isles as non-EU. Not so for Trippier and Bale, since their contract was signed before the rule change, so the club managed to keep their situation unchanged. Now, it is time to see the best Trippier again, completely focused on Atlético and wanting to continue to shape his name in the history of the mattress. His continuity was another of the great rojiblancas victories in the market, now it only remains to enjoy his quality and shine in the right lane.

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