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Koke sets the pace of Atlético

first_imgIf there is a player in the Atlético squad that Represent above the rest the cholismo is Koke. The mattress captain is the only what has lived together from day one with Simeone, when it was still a promise of the quarry (19 years) and while its future was settled between continuing on the team, where Diego, Arda Turan, Raúl García, Reyes or Salvio He had options to play or leave for EuroMálaga. The player himself has recognized several times how The talk with Simeone was key to follow. The message: if he continued working like this he would end up playing and Koke got down to work. Since then, and With Diego’s departure in that summer of 2012, the midfielder’s role became capital. His 2013-14 season to get the League title, with 13 assists in the national championship, or his 2015-16 year, where he got 14, have led the ‘6’ rojiblanco to be LaLiga’s most assistant medium in the last decade. Atlético dried LiverpoolAnd before Liverpool appeared the Atlético de los grandes noche en Champions. A rocky team, almost impossible to overcome in the melee and with an aid system that wove a spider web on the English team, which he left the Wanda Metropolitano without finishing the goal in the whole match. Koke returned to practice as the rojiblanco fire extinguisher, without stopping running to plug any hole that Liverpool could find. In the first half on the right wing stopping Robertson and Mané, completely surpassed and that he was replaced at the break after seeing a yellow and committing a final foul where the Atlético players, with Koke in the lead, asked for his second warning. In the second, with the entry of Llorente by Lemar, He went on to play on the left to lend a hand to an outstanding Lodi on Alexander-Arnold and Salah.And it is no accident that reds you look in their attacks in the first half on the left mattress, trying to surpass Lemar and Lodi and on the right in the second, with Llorente and Vrsaljko, since Koke’s profile is much more complicated to pass. The ‘6’ left a master class on how to help the partner, a dark showy work showing a physical beating to multiply. Of his boots came the corner that after playing in Fabinho led to Saul’s goal which gives advantage in the elimination to the mattress team. He also finished as the second player of the team with more passes completed (24), only surpassed by Thomas (26). What has become clear during his absence and subsequent return is that Atlético is much more cholista when Koke is in the middle. Although that offensive production of Koke in recent seasons has declined, its importance for the Cholo remains maximum, something that is exaggerated during his absences. In the midfielder’s last muscle injury, suffered during the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup against BarcelonaAtletico played five games with a balance of four defeats, one of them in the Super Cup final against Madrid and another in the Cup against Cultural Leonesa and a draw at home against Leganés. With his return to the green the triumphs have returned, but also the mattress identity has returned. center_img With the loss of heavy weights in the workforce as Gabi, Godín or formerly Raúl García, the koke paper as to leadership He had to increase drastically. The ‘6’ is Simeone’s hand on the field, the player who must send the pressure and fulfill the coach’s plan from within the green. After returning to the eleven with a win against Granada, where Koke gave the assistance of the goal to Correa, in Valencia could see a completely recognizable Atlético with a very high pressure about the central exit played. The stopped ball left the rojiblanco team without victory in Mestalla despite the good image offered mainly in the first part. last_img

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