A have a look at 5 key gamers from Atletico in Europa League closing
Information 15 Could 2018, 17:08 IST
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A world-class goalkeeper, a flashy ahead and a imply striker make Atletico Madrid a tricky crew to beat within the Europa League closing towards Marseille on Wednesday.
Listed below are 5 Atletico gamers to keep watch over within the closing in Lyon:
Antoine Griezmann has the pure attacking expertise to face out on any crew, however he’s the evident exception on an Atletico facet that’s in any other case constructed on energy and skill to defend first, rating second.
The 27-year-old France ahead has pace, an eye fixed for the decisive go, and the flexibility to attain troublesome objectives. His late aim to safe 10-man Atletico a 1-1 draw at Arsenal within the first leg of the semifinals despatched the Spanish facet into the ultimate.
Griezmann will head to Atletico’s most essential match of the season amid widespread hypothesis that Spanish rival Barcelona will attempt to lure him away.
Jan Oblak has rightfully earned a point out among the many absolute best goalkeepers in Europe.
The Slovene leads the Spanish league in fewest objectives conceded with 20 in 37 video games. Within the Europa League, he has conceded solely 4 objectives whereas preserving 4 clear sheets in eight matches.
Whereas feline-like in his saves, Oblak nonetheless has the 2016 Champions League closing towards Actual Madrid haunting him. In that recreation’s decisive penalty shootout, he failed to save lots of any of Madrid’s 5 spot kicks.
Diego Costa left Atletico for Chelsea after main the membership to its biggest triumph underneath coach Diego Simeone, the 2014 Spanish league title. The Brazilian-born striker returned this season and now has an opportunity to assist the crew win a 3rd Europa League title in a decade.
His aim completed off Arsenal within the second leg of the semifinals. A bruiser who earns as a lot consideration for his unhealthy mood and designs to bully opponents as his skillfully-taken objectives, Costa is taking part in to safe his spot on Spain’s World Cup squad.
Whereas Diego Godin is just not the identical scorer as in years previous when he terrorized rivals together with his headers from set items, the Uruguay middle again remains to be a big purpose why Atletico stays arguably the very best defensive crew amongst Europe’s elite.
Godin anchors Atletico’s watertight backline and embodies like no different participant the work ethic and team-first convictions drilled into his gamers by Simeone.
Fernando Torres will not begin the match, and the previous Spain striker may not even get the nod instead. However this will likely be his final likelihood to lastly win an elusive trophy together with his boyhood membership.
Torres will depart Atletico after this season. At 34, he’s not an essential participant for Simeone, however he’s an idol for Atletico’s followers. He additionally has expertise in massive matches, after successful the World Cup and European Championship with Spain and the Champions League and Europa League with Chelsea.
So a late look to grab one final second of glory can’t be dominated out for “The Child.”
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