Atletico de Madrid, 2019-20: Rebuilding

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Atletico is officially in the rebuild mode.

In addition to losing Griezmann, the team has lost it's heart-and-soul, Diego Godin, who has is reportedly moving on to Inter. Juanfran, another one of the team's stalwarts and a defender that Simeone trusts, has left the club. Lucas Hernandez was bought by Bayern Munich. And, now, it seems that Rodrigo Hernandez is on his way to ManCity.

More later about the incoming players...
 

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Atletico has spent big money in this transfer period, mostly reinvesting what it has made in selling transfers. Griezmann is off to Barcelona for 120m euros, Lucas Hernandez to Bayern for 80m euros, and Rodri(go) Hernandez to ManCity for 70m euros, giving the club about 250m euros to spend.

Atletico has been ambitious, signing Joao Felix from Benfica for 120m euros, Marcos Llorente from Real Madrid for 40m euros, Mario Hermoso from Espanyol for 25m euros, Trippier from Tottenham also 25m euros, Renan Lodi from Athletico Paranaense for 20-25m euros, and Felipe from Porto for about 20m euros.

My back-of-the-napkin math seems to be that Atletico is about at break-even this off-season.

The team had to design its defense about Godin, Lucas Hernandez, Filipe Luis, and Juanfran all moved on.

With Griezmann gone, Atletico had to find that game-changing talent and a start, so Joao Felix, despite his age (just 19!), looks to be that player.

And, finally, with Simeone losing his midfielder that controls the pace, Marcos Llorente steps in to replace Rodri.
 

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This preseason has served to give Atletico fans a boost of confidence heading into the season. The team destroyed Real Madrid, winning 7-3, and has played solid football in all matches.

The first highlight, by far, is Joao Felix. Given his goals, assists, and play-making, Joao looks like he'll become a bargain at 120M euros. His arrival has really made Griezmann's departure easier to accept.

While Joao has been the star, Simeone has once again given his team the stability it needs. Koke and Saul remain pillars. Lemar looks to be back in form, as does Vitolo. Hector Herrera and Marcos Llorente have adapted well.

For the first match against Getafe, I suspect Simeone will go with (Costa, who is now injured, is suspended after his outburst against Barcelona from last season):

Oblak
Trippier-Savic-Gimenez-Lodi
Koke-Thomas-Saul-Lemar
Joao-Morata

First three off bench: Vitolo, Llorente, Hector Herrera
 

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How has the back line looked without Godin? I know he has slowed perceptibly, but he’s so smart and commanding. Having Oblak helps and Gimenez is a stud who can only have benefitted from playing alongside. Still, seems a potential challenge.
 

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How has the back line looked without Godin? I know he has slowed perceptibly, but he’s so smart and commanding. Having Oblak helps and Gimenez is a stud who can only have benefitted from playing alongside. Still, seems a potential challenge.
The answer is that we don't yet know. Since Gimenez played in the Copa America, he missed most of the preseason and only played one match. Savic and Gimenez, if they end up being the starting pair, have played together in the past so they should quickly find their rhythm.

Mario Hermoso is a strong player that, hopefully, gets better under Simeone's eye. Felipe, the Brazilian center back from Porto, has the age and experience to contribute.

But the team will miss Godin, and if/when Savic or Gimenez go down with an injury or experience a dip in form, the pressure is on Hermoso and Felipe to replace Godin's consistency, which is a tough task.