A leaked starting eleven for Atletico Madrid this evening sees Diego Simeone change up not only the personnel on the pitch, but the formation as well.
According to Marca, Atletico Madrid will see Kieran Tripper come in for Šime Vrsaljko across the back four, with a change in attack as Diego Costa and João Félix are both expected to feature up front. It’s likely that Simeone will switch to a 4-3-3 formation in comparison to the 4-4-2 he opted for at the Wanda.
According to @marca this will be Atlético's starting 11 in today's game:
Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Lodi; Koke, Saúl, Thomas, Correa; Joao Félix, Diego Costa
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) March 11, 2020
Tripper playing as right-back will see him come up against an in-form Sadio Mané, which could exploit Atletico’s defence and see Jan Oblak come under some stress to counter any errors made by former Spurs man. The 29-year-old’s most recent appearance against Sevilla saw him lose possession an alarming 21 times and he also gave away the penalty that forced the equaliser in the 2-2 draw (via Sofascore).
Félix could prove to be Simeone’s secret weapon. Having previously been linked to a move to Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp will know the threat the 20-year-old poses up front. This leaked XI implies that Félix and Angel Correa will play in a front three, providing support for target-man Costa.
The 31-year-old Spanish striker has suffered recently with a herniated disc injury, but could be returning to action to make a dent in Liverpool’s defence (via Transfermarkt). Costa has scored just two goals this season for Atletico, but the record many should be focusing on is the one regarding his discipline.
He missed Atletico’s first match of the season due to a red card suspension. His discipline record certainly doesn’t bode well for the visitors tonight, with a total of 135 yellow cards in his career and 11 total sendings off (via Transfermarkt).
What do you think of the changes Simeone has made, Reds? Are Liverpool up for the challenge?
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience