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Atletico de Madrid: Griezmann Stays!

Discussion in 'Breakfast with Gazza (with Sachmoneious Bullcrap)' started by bosox4283, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. bosox4283

    bosox4283 Member SoSH Member

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    Antoine Griezmann put out a thirty-minute documentary today to reveal his decision to either stay at Atletico or to go to Barcelona. Over the last several weeks, there was evidence pointing in both directions. Most notably, some fans booed Griezmann during Atletico's last home match of the year, even though he played an amazing match to win Atletico the Europa League, and Griezmann cried on the pitch in response. There was a fear that this moment pushed him away from Atletico and to Barcelona.

    But he's staying!

    Atletico has signed two players to bolster the squad: Rodri, a promising 21-year-old midfielder from Villarreal for about 20M Euros; and Lemar, the talented 22-year-old midfielder from Monaco.

    There are a few questions marks. Does Oblak stay? Does Atletico sell Gameiro? Does Atletico hold on to Vrsaljko?

    I get really excited thinking of a team of:

    ----------------Oblak----------------
    Vrsaljko--Godin-Gimenez--Luis
    Koke--Saul---Thomas---Lemar
    ---Diego Costa---Griezmann---

    Then, the team has:

    + Gabi to back-up Thomas
    + Rodri to back-up Lemar
    + Vitolo to back-up Saul
    + Correa to back-up Costa
    + Lucas and Savic to back-up Godin and Gimenez
     
  2. Kliq

    Kliq Member SoSH Member

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    Congrats on keeping Griezmann. I figured after the LeBron debacle anyone hyping a television special to announce their future has to be staying with their team. It’s also a bonus to watch the Barca fans whine about not getting another Ferrari.
     
  3. bosox4283

    bosox4283 Member SoSH Member

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    Gracias. It's also been fun to see Barcelona chastise Pique for having his production company make the video for Griezmann.
     
  4. bosox4283

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    Gabi, Atletico's captain, has accepted a three-year offer to play in Qatar. Good for him: he's supposedly going to make $19m for his years 35-38.

    The loss is more emotional than about on-field talent, especially considering Torres is now gone. Torres and Gabi were the emblems of the team, the heart and soul. Gabi embodied Simeone's take-no-prisoner attitudes and commanded the pitch with hustle and grit. Gabi lost a step this year and Thomas Partey took lots of his minutes, but Gabi was the one who played in the Europa League Final.

    I'll remember Gabi for his performance in the Champions League Final against Real Madrid in 2016. He was immense, dominating the pitch and working his ass off. Atleti lost, but everyone praised Gabi.

    I'm about Gabi's age, and it's weird to know guys my age are moving on. It's sort of fun to root for a peer rather than a twenty-something wunderkid.

    Atlético still has Godin, Giménez, Costa, Filipe Luis, and Saul, but we've lost some toughness and passion with Gabi.
     
  5. bosox4283

    bosox4283 Member SoSH Member

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    A few changes at Atletico:

    + Vrsaljko moves to Inter while Atletico picks up Arias, a Colombian RB, from PSV.
    + Atletico signs Gelson Martins of Sporting, perhaps on a free transfer because Martins had rescinded his contract.

    The updated squad kind of looks like this:

    ----------------Oblak----------------
    Juanfran--Godin-Gimenez--Luis
    Koke--Saul---Thomas---Lemar
    ---Diego Costa---Griezmann---

    Then, the team has:

    + Rodri to back up Thomas
    + Martins to back up Lemar
    + Vitolo to back up Saul
    + Correa to back up Costa
    + Lucas and Savic to back up Godin and Gimenez
    + Arias to back up Juanfran
     
  6. Morgan's Magic Snowplow

    Morgan's Magic Snowplow Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    If this Atletico squad stays reasonably healthy, I think you make a real run at the La Liga title (Barca still the favorite, but not overwhelmingly) and have as good a shot as anybody at the Champions League.
     
  7. PedroSpecialK

    PedroSpecialK Comes at you like a tornado of hair and the NHL sa Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Atléti reportedly doubled Oblak's wages, and have signed him through 2023 with a €250m release clause up from €100m
     
  8. bosox4283

    bosox4283 Member SoSH Member

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    Good for Oblak, and good for Atletico.

    At this point, most teams are set with keepers for a few years: Bayern (Neuer), Real Madrid (Courtois), Chelsea (Kepa), Liverpool (Becker), ManCity (Ederson), ManUnited (De Gea), Barcelona (ter Stegen).

    So, it seems that if Oblak wanted to leave, maybe PSG (Areola?) and Juventus (?) would be the only options at this point. And if PSG were to come calling, Atletico would benefit from this increased buy-out clause.

    Edit: I didn't realize Neuer was 32, so who knows if Bayern may be looking for someone sooner rather than later.

    * Apologies to Tottenham and Arsenal for not including them on these two lists.
     
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    Atletico has signed Nikola Kalinic, the Croatian striker from Milan. Kalinic was part of the Croatian World Cup squad, but he was the one sent home early for not entering the Nigeria game due to a bad back.

    This move signifies that Kevin Gameiro, the French striker, is leaving town. Valencia is his most likely destination.

    Here's the updated roster:

    -----------------Oblak-----------------
    Juanfran--Godin--Gimenez--Luis
    Koke----Saul----Thomas----Lemar
    ----Diego Costa----Griezmann----

    Player: back-up player
    + Koke: Correa
    + Saul: Vitolo
    + Thomas: Rodri
    + Lemar: Martins
    + Costa: Kalinic
    + Juanfran: Arias
    + Gimenez: Savic
    + Luis: Lucas Hernandez
    + Oblak: Adam
     
  10. slamminsammya

    slamminsammya Member SoSH Member

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    And is Ray Hudson ready for the new season? This is important.

    Question for the experts: in English is it customary to say "the La Liga title"?
     
  11. 67YAZ

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    How about Godin playing ManU for a raise? The Guardian folks report that Godin's agent contacted ManU last week to express his client's interest in a move, and when ManU lodged a bid, Godin immediately started negotiating for an improved contract. Always happy to see people get over on ManU.
     
  12. bosox4283

    bosox4283 Member SoSH Member

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    Atletico had to keep Godin both for his defensive skill and his leadership.

    After losing Gabi and Torres, Atletico's emotional core, the team had to keep Godin because of his passion and Simeone-like intensity. Plus, Godin was instrumental in Griezmann remaining at Atletico -- Godin is Griezmann's kid's godfather, and Griezmann credited their friendship as one of the main reasons why he stayed.
     

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