With a well-deserved reputation as a miracle technician, Diego Simeone he is not an easy coach to play for. Many forwards, Álvaro Morata, Jackson Martínez, Kevin Gameiro, to name three, have had their careers conditioned while playing in the Atlético de Madrid.
The first thing is the defense for Simeone, even for the strikers, but they must also do their job, to score. But the simple style of the Argentine coach and the demands for maximum effort from his players have also lit up some extraordinary transformations.
Take the case of Marcos Llorente, who came in as a defensive specialist who hadn’t fit into the Real Madrid and has ended up becoming one of the top scoring midfielders in Spain, from the hand of Simeone. Llorente has scored nine times with the Athletic this season, including two goals in the last two games to help hold the Spanish leader with just one defeat in their league campaign.
Their draw saved one point from a 1-1 draw at Levante on Wednesday. On Saturday, your team will host the same I raised. And the Madrilenian will look for his particular ‘triplet’ against the Valencians. In the past course, it was already key in the goal to this rival, a center that touched the legs of Bruno, plus the other day … Fundamental in two goals in two games in a row against this team. Will the Spanish international score again or will he generate at least one for his teammates?
Simeone He talked about how “glorious” it felt to discover that a player who had been typecast in a certain type can actually do so much more. “It awakens a feeling of joy and enthusiasm to continue progressing in this profession,” he said. Simeone after what Llorente to score in the 2-1 victory over the grenade the previous Saturday. “When we see a player who has the conditions to do something different, we know we have to try. It happened with (Antoine) Griezmann, Koke Y Saúl Ñiguéz, who have played in various positions. “Now I watch videos of frames
Llorente since training when they didn’t even include him in our templates. He scored goals in all of them, until one day we decided to give him a chance and we played with him as a forward. Now we are modulating his position to play him as an inside midfielder where he feels most comfortable ”.
Llorente he exploded as a scorer in one of the great stages of football. With the Liverpool beating the Athletic on the Champions League last March, he came off the bench and struck twice from long range to stun the then champion, in Anfield. Since then, he has been a fixture in the starting eleven of Simeone, playing primarily as an attacking midfielder, but also occupying various positions when teammates were out due to injury, suspension or coronavirus infections.
The speed and superb form of Llorente they give to Simeone just what it demands, a relentless pursuit of the ball in defense and the ability to stretch the attack and open spaces for Luis Suarez I dialed. Only surpassed by the 16 goals of Suarez as top scorer of Athletic, Llorente is tied with Jorge de Frutos of I raised as a leader in assists in The league, both with seven.
Llorente, 26, went through the quarry of the Real Madrid. After impressing as a midfielder in a season at the Alaves, back to Madrid in 2017. But after Zinedine
Zidane used it sparingly for two seasons as a substitute for the regular starter Casemiro, the club apparently saw no danger in sending him to his rival in the city for just over 20 million euros in 2019. However, Llorente has become a different player with Simeone. After leaving goalless from the Alaves and only score two goals in two seasons with him Real Madrid, adds 14 goals in a season and a half with him Athletic.