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This time, Atletico Madrid of La Liga will be looking to bounce back from last season, when they lost their way early on in their bid for back-to-back championships, leading to a major disappointment.
|(Date of establishment)||1903|
|(Manager)||Diego Pablo Simeone|
|(President)||Enrique Cerezo Torres|
|(Official Site)||HP twitter youtube|
＜21/22 Season Results＞
（71Points 21 wins, 8 draws and 9 losses）
|Copa del Rey||Round of 16|
|CL||Round of 16|
・With the addition of such talented players as Griezmann and De Paul, expectations were high for the team to win back-to-back league championships, but from the beginning of the season, the team lost its way without a fixed system or starting lineup. The team’s defense, which had been its greatest strength, was weakened by its focus on the “battle of the strongmen”. Nevertheless, the team was able to defend its third-place finish thanks to the foundation that its leader had built over a long period of time. On the other hand, it is also true that the team’s inability to find a way to adapt to the changes in their lineup has been a major disappointment.
・The biggest theme of this summer is to improve the balance of the team. The reality is that no progress has been made, with the only new players so far being midfielder Witsel and right back Molina, the CBs are aging, and the front line, with Suarez out, is status quo.
・How will Simeone build his team based on the lessons learned from last season’s trial-and-error experience? With little in the way of reinforcements, the season will be even more important for Simeone, now in his 12th year in charge, to organize the team.
|（Name）||Diego Pablo Simeone|
|（Date of birth)||April 28, 1970（52）|
・This season marks the 12th year of Atletico’s “Dios (Gods)”.
・Last season, the team adopted an attack-oriented approach, but simply lining up attackers up front led to an imbalance between offense and defense. This led to repeated attempts to find the optimal solution, but this only resulted in a loss of points as the key players in the La Liga championship, such as Koke, Correa, and M. Llorente, all lost their luster due to changes in their positions and roles.
・This season, they are ready to fight based on the two top players, J. Felix and Griezmann, and in fact, they have sent a “NO” reply to an attractive offer (money + pavard) for J. Felix received from Bayern.
Transfer market (Summer)
The key is to integrate the existing and new strengths, as there is little upside to be gained from reinforcements.
・The reason for the quiet summer, a change from a year ago, is that the sale operation is not going well. The only new players so far are Witsel, a free agent, and the growing Molina, who has filled in for the right back who has been missing regularly. The club has not been able to strengthen its under-resourced CBs, nor has it been able to raise enough money to acquire a replacement for Suarez.
・However, the attackers are generally of high quality in terms of talent, with the two top players, J. Felix and Griezmann, who showed their nicknames last season. Also in midfield, the addition of Witsel, who is skillful on and off the ball, is likely to have a positive impact on the existing strength of the team, including Koke and De Paula.
・If A. Morata, who is rumored to have a dog-and-dog relationship with Simeone and who has been unable to find a new club due to his high salary, can show the same success as he did for the Spanish national team, we can expect him to score more goals than he did last season, based on the two top players who were active in the second half of last season, J. Flix and Griezmann.
・A. Correa and Matheus Cunha, who can score goals at the right moment, will surely be a threat to the opponents if they start midway through the game.
・The midfield, with Belgian national team member Witsel filling in for Herrera, who left due to expiration of his contract, is filled by such talented players as Koke, Lemar, and Kondogbia that even the national class is not guaranteed a place in the team.
・Saul, who is returning from Chelsea and may have difficulty finding an employer, is a versatile player who can play multiple positions, so there is no harm in having him in the squad.
・The final line, which collapsed last season due to imbalances, has been a success since the departure of Vrsaljko and the acquisition of Molina, Simeone’s main choice, from Udinese at right back, where there is no de facto specialist.
・Although the CBs are aging and in serious need of talent, the club does not have the funds to acquire new players, and is likely to make do this season with its existing resources.
Notable Newcomers (Top 7)
João Félix （FW/Portugal Representative）
・“Prodigy” is a sign of awakening.
・His best position is as a top or second striker, but he has extraordinary technique and dexterity and can also play as a winger.
・He has great quickness on the ball, and his sharp dribbling and propulsion toward the goal is mesmerizing to watch. His shooting skills have also improved with his heading and one-touch shooting.
・Three years after joining the club for an unbelievable transfer fee of 120 million euros, he is finally showing signs of blossoming. There is no doubt that he will develop into a star player, especially if he can continue his success from February to April of last season.
Antoine Griezmann （FW/France Representative）
・”FW with Simeone specifications”
・He is a world-class technical FW who is a striker and a game-maker at the same time.
・His shooting skills, dribbling and passing sense are first class. His versatility, which allows him to play anywhere up front, is also noteworthy.
・The team’s defensive intensity has also increased under Diego Simeone, and its athleticism is a major attraction, as it presses the opposing ball holders from the front line with dedication and returns to defend deep in its own territory.
Álvaro Borja Morata （FW/Spain Representative）
・He is often underestimated, but he can also take advantage of his surroundings with his post play, using his natural speed to fly into the spaces behind.
・He has restored the relationship with the coach, with whom he was rumored to have had a feud in the past, and has scored many goals since the start of the season.
Marcos Llorente （MF/Spain Representative）
・Originally a volante, when converted to an attacking position, he proved his offensive prowess. He can sprint through space with his overwhelming sprinting ability and create chances single-handedly.
・Last season, he was used more and more at right back, which led to a significant drop in his performance from the 12 goals and 11 assists he had two seasons ago.
・He was a member of Real Madrid from 2008 until the summer of 2019.
Axel Thomas Witsel （MF/Belgium Representative）
・He sets the rhythm of the attack in the build-up, and his hard work in defense allows him to pinch the ball precisely. He also has experience playing on the wing and has excellent technique with his feet. His ability to connect passes with precision is second to none.
・He has an excellent eye for reading the game, looking around and passing the ball to create the game, while on the defensive side of the ball, he finds dangerous spaces and immediately runs to them to calm the team down.
・”Mr.for The Team”
・With his stamina and mental strength beyond that of any other player, he moves around the pitch for the full 90 minutes, running in both offense and defense. His dedication to his beloved team is exemplary, and he inspires the team as its captain.
・A capitan who works hard. He is also a good commander with his passing ability. He has also shown his utility in all midfield positions for Atletico Madrid under Diego Simeone.
Jan Oblak （GK/Slovenia Representative）
・“Eternal guardian deity”
・Since joining Atletico Madrid, he has won the Zamora Award, given to the goalkeeper with the fewest goals conceded in the league, five times, tied for the most in his career.
・His saving ability is outstanding and stable. He never makes a positioning error, and even when a shot is placed on a tight course, he uses his amazing reflexes and length of limbs to defend his goal.
|1||Ivo Grbić||26||Croatia||・At the age of 4 or 5, inspired by the penalty shootout between Oliver Kahn and Santi Cañizares in the UEFA Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Valencia, he decided to become a goalkeeper|
|13||Jan Oblak||29||Slovenia||・More than reaction speed, brainpower to protect the goal using deep insight|
|2||Jose Jimenez||27||Uruguay||・One of the heavyweights. His sharp interceptions and high hitting head are his weapons.|
|3||Sergio Reguilon||25||Spain||・Dynamic offensive rise to invigorate the attack.|
・Repeated sprints from start to finish, but challenges in defending against opponents
|12||Renan Augusto Lodi||24||Brazil||・Brazilian-like attacking type, with finishing work as good as that of a FW.|
|15||Stefan Savić||31||Montenegro||・Wider field of vision and improved tactical eye|
|16||Nahuel Molina||24||Argentina||・Last season he scored 7 goals in Serie A. High attacking performance is attractive.|
|18||Felipe||33||Brazil||・Last season, he was the target of criticism from supporters for many mistakes that led directly to missing out on points, but he extended his contract by one year.|
|22||Mario Hermoso||27||Spain||・His opponent ability is exceptional. In addition to defending the ball out of play, he is smart enough to prevent strikers from playing the way he wants them to play by putting his body on the ball, and he outperforms his opponents in predicting the drop-off point for high balls.|
|23||Reinildo Isnard Mandava||28||Mozambique||・High interpersonal performance, sharpened concentration, and skillful use of the body to win the ball|
|4||Geoffrey Kondogbia||29||Central African Republic||・At 188 cm, he is tall and physically strong. He is also supple and plays mainly as a volante or center half.|
|5||Rodrigo Javier De Paul||28||Argentina||・Versatile midfielder who can cover a wide range of midfield areas with his sharp, wide-angle passing.|
|6||Koke||30||Spain||・Tough guy who always ranks first on the team in mileage.|
|11||Thomas Benoît Lemar||26||France||・Attacker with both speed and dribbling technique|
|14||Marcos Llorente||27||Spain||・The play of getting into space and getting involved in the finish is deadly enough.|
|17||Saúl Ñíguez||27||Spain||・He returned from Chelsea after his buyout OP was not exercised. He is enthusiastic: “I have to earn my place here with hard work, persistence and sacrifice.”|
|20||Axel Thomas Witsel||33||Belgium||・Acquired with the aim of improving the composition of the midfield|
|21||Yannick Ferreira Carrasco||28||Belgium||・In addition to his overwhelming skills, his dedication makes him the best player on the team at breaking down situations.|
|7||João Félix||22||Portugal||・His dribbling skills and finishing work are excellent. Expect to make great strides.|
|8||Antoine Griezmann||31||France||・Showing brilliance with dedication and intelligence.|
|9||Matheus Santos Cunha||23||Brazil||・A candidate for the No. 9 position in the near future, combining skill, physicality and dynamism.|
|10||Ángel Martín Correa||27||Argentina||・A deadly workhorse who works to get involved in scoring, whether starting or playing in the middle of the game.|
|19||Álvaro Borja Morata||29||Spain||・Versatile FW with mobility, scoring ability, and muddiness|
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