Do they fit together João, Lemar, Suarez and Griezmann? It is the big question that Atlético fans ask themselves, that they would like to see the four great attacking talents of the team in the same lineup. Although it is not likely that the Cholo I took them out at the same time in the starting eleven, yes it is possible. To achieve this, the coach has two alternatives: either to play only with a central midfielder -very risky option- or to do without one of the centrals, but in that case it would be essential to place a pure side and the one who would fall out of the lineup would be Carrasco.
In the last league game against FC Barcelona, three of the four played. Griezmann was the victim of an attack line in which both Joao and Lemar and Suárez had a great performance, forming a trident that, especially in the first half, destroyed the Barça defense on the counterattack. Of all of them the most decisive was the Frenchman Thomas Lemar, who this season has become irreplaceable for Simeone, while Griezmann, who entered the second half with 2-0 for Atlético, went almost unnoticed.
In this game system, Cholo repeated the line of three centrals, with two long lanes as Llorente and Carrasco and two very dynamic half centers like From Paul and Boil. If this is going to be the usual drawing from now on, it is clear that only three fit above, so the coach will have no choice but to choose, although the possibility of introducing five changes in each game makes your work much easier.
However, there are two possibilities to make the team even more offensive. The first involves eliminating one of the three centrals, but that would mean dispensing with the lanes and turning them into full-backs. Marcos Llorente seems qualified to assume that role, but instead on the other side the Belgian Yannick Carrasco he is more limited because, among other things, his good leg is not the left, but the right.
Another option is to dispense with De Paul or Koke and play with only one center half. In this scenario, it would be necessary to bring Lemar very close to the broad zone so that he not only participated in creative work, but above all so that he could help in the recovery. Of course it would imply a huge risk because the team could be split in two if the solidarity of the players at the top is not absolute. Knowing the ability of Cholo to get his players to sacrifice it is clear that it will be an alternative that you will use in matches in which you must risk a lot in attack, but under normal conditions it seems difficult for me to opt for it on the way out.
It should not be forgotten, moreover, that all the aforementioned attacking players must be joined by Correa and to Cunha, whose quality no one can dispute. The Argentine, in fact, was a decisive footballer in the league title of the past Championship and has already scored three goals this season, so it is clear that he will have many minutes. The Brazilian may be the one who starts at a greater disadvantage, but in his favor he has to be the only natural replacement for Luis Suárez.
Either way, Cholo won’t take long to uncover his letters because next Wednesday Liverpool visit the Metropolitan in a decisive match. Will it bring Lemar, Joao and Suárez back together or will Griezmann enter? It is clear that all four will play, but here what we need to know is whether they will all coincide on the pitch.