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Atlético are testing their level against the ‘new’ United without Cristiano Ronaldo



Atlético de Madrid play their first friendly of the pre-season this Saturday (1.45pm) when they meet England’s Manchester United, a side still owned by Cristiano Ronaldo, whose name is growing, at the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo seems to lose to join the rojiblanco team.

“I repeat for the journalists that with this incorporation our sports management manages to assemble the last piece we were looking for,” said Enrique Cerezo this Friday before the possibility of the Madeira player becoming a “mattress player”.

Apart from this drop in curiosity to see the ex-Madridista in the neighboring team, the clash will not serve to allow Cristiano to go head-to-head with Atlético, who are absent from the English squad’s call-up. While the Portuguese continues to solve his future, the clash between Atlético and Manchester United continues to have many attractions, especially for that of Diego Pablo Simeone, less competitive than his rival, who faces this new campaign with enthusiasm even if he loses his could scorer .

The Madrid team made their summer debut last Wednesday with a first friendly against the unassuming Numancia, whom they beat 0-4, aided by strategy and with no apparent problems, and who helped ‘Cholo’ see his side’s performance after two intense weeks physical preparation.

The game marked the debut of one of the new signings for this season, Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel, who made a second-half departure and in this game against the three-time European champions it could be what appears to be the last reinforcement’s turn the “Cholo”, the Argentinian Nahuel Molina, the long-awaited new right-back who came up for discussion.

Portuguese striker Joao Felix, who missed the first friendly, will also be with Ullevaal, while defender Felipe, who also did not play in Burgo de Osma, and Mario Hermoso, who was injured against Numancia, will also be absent.

Atlético de Madrid will face a tougher test as not only do they face a rival at a much higher level, but they also received a boost in their illusion with the arrival of Dutchman Erik ten Hag on the bench.

The former Ajax manager has quickly brought his philosophy to the ranks of the “Red Devils”, with an attacking style and with the ball as the protagonist that has shone in this preseason, where he has already accumulated four games with three wins, including one convincing 4-0 against Liverpool and a draw in the last clash with Aston Villa.

United, who are set to start their Premier League journey next week, will be looking to remain unbeaten and seek a little ‘revenge’ for last season’s knockout defeat by the Rojiblancos in the 2021-2022 Champions League round of 16.


Source europapress.es

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