In the first round derby played at the Alfredo Di Stéfano (2-0) or in Bucharest against Chelsea (0-1) , Luis Suárez learned what it means to be an Atlético striker on one of those days when the team defends sunk in his field and fails to link plays that allow him to step on the opposite area. Under these conditions, the pressure has always been maximum for any of the scorers that Simeone has had on his payroll. Falcao, Diego Costa, Griezmann, Mandzukic, Fernando Torres, Morata and now Suárez have played that kind of game in which he is forced to be very accurate with the few occasions that could arise. The worse the offensive game of Atlético is, the greater is their obligation to be forceful. In games like against Getafe (1-0), Elche (3-1) or Cádiz (2-4), Suárez has survived that requirement. According to the metric of the statistical company Opta, which measures the quality and difficulty of the chances that each team generates, the nine rojiblanco (16 goals) have 4.5 more than expected. Benzema (12 goals) has only 0.3 more than expectations of the type of scoring opportunities that Madrid produces.
On those occasions when Atlético defended with the block very low, the last with Chelsea, S imeone He broke with his argument that the most ambitious version, with the team located the longest in the opposite field, had been given by the signing of Luis Suáre z. He has been seen in those situations demanding an overtaking of the team to put pressure on the opposite field, where it is easier for his teammates to feed him on occasions
Couple to be defined PP Asked about how he had seen Suárez in defensive work and as a striker spear to stretch the team when Atlético defended very close to Oblak's area, Simeone replied: “Depending on the game you want to assess. Against Barcelona, Sevilla or Real Sociedad we defended low, he did very well and we won. Against Chelsea we couldn't win in a game where little had happened ”. Regarding that last aforementioned meeting, Simeone clarified that the ability of his team to step on the opposite area is not just a matter of his fetish striker. “It not only depends on Suárez, but on what you do when you have the ball. One thing is to start with a low defense and another is not to be able to hold the ball when you have it to play in the opponent's field ”, specified the rojiblanco coach. The difficulty in breaking lines with passes, especially in appointments with great rivals, is one of the pending issues both for the rojiblanco coach and his players.
On Wednesday, in the first preparatory session for the derby, Simeone tested with Marcos Llorente as an attacking partner of the Uruguayan as a possible solution from the speed and power of the steering wheel in driving. On Thursday, he experimented with João Félix . The Portuguese, after his show commanding silence with his eyes on the bench after scoring 0-2 at Villarreal, competes with Correa for a gap in the eleven. “Ángel [Correa] gives us more dynamism in the team's collective work, with much more vertigo in his game. João is a special talent who can bring out something that no one else can have in the game. João's scoring numbers are very good. ”