Atlético has no intention of reinforcing itself on the left side. As we have in BRAND the position of 3 is not a priority when going to the market. They adduce in the noble floor of the Metropolitan that there are other positions with more urgencies (medullary and center forward) and that the position is perfectly covered with Mario Hermoso, Carrasco (when Simeone bets on the defense of three centrals) … and Renan Lodi.
The Brazilian, in that sense, will have a new opportunity to show that Andrea Berta, who was the one who signed him, was not wrong in his commitment to a very young 3 who had just landed in the elite in Brazil, a country of which he was precisely his predecessor, a Filipe Luis, who has been without question the best in the position in the Simeone era.
With a ribbon so something Lodi landed ready to learn from the ‘military’ that El Cholo He was going to apply it to enhance his great weak point, defensive concentration. That is where the Argentine coach applied himself during the first preseason in San Rafael and that is where Renan improved as demonstrated in the already historic tie against Liverpool, where Lodi was one of the best rojiblancos.
The unexpected competitors from last year
That happened in his first season, in which he had no competition as Simeone did not see Hermoso as a left back. Something that changed in the last exercise and that caused The ex of Espanyol will steal the limelight from Lodi, who saw for many weeks how he was displaced from the ownership for the first time since he arrived at LaLiga.
And if that was not enough, Yannick Carrasco emerged as a winger when El Cholo invented the defense of three centrals. The Belgian performed at a spectacular level by taking over the band and the Brazilian had even more difficult to regain an indisputable ownership that did not prevent him from being decisive for LaLiga with his target against Osasuna on matchday 37.
There he demonstrated that verticality and the beating that Berta fell in love with and that they made the Italian bet on a footballer who is facing his third season willing to step forward to make him indisputable again. If anyone can get the whole game out of him it is Simeone, the man who ‘taught’ him to defend and who fully trusts him.