For years, it was a club famous for being able to launch the best goal scorers into the skies. Whether they depended on Diego Forlan, Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero, Radamel Falcao, or Diego Costa, Atletico could always count on club's "nine" to do their thing.
Until Diego Simeone found himself in a completely different problem: he now has a surplus of quality strikers. Paradoxically, there is a lack of goals. Namely, Atletico never had a richer choice in the attack than this season.
In addition to the untouchable Luis Suarez, the already proven native of Angel Correa, and Joao Felix, whose explosion is still pending, the phenomenal Antoine Griezmann and Matheus Cunha arrived in Madrid this summer, for which they set aside 30,000,000 euros.
Five good strikers, so even after five games, only four goals in total ?! Three were scored by Angel Correa, in the first two rounds of the Primera against Celta and Elche, one was the work of Suarez, all the others are still waiting to be included in the list of scorers.
The league duel with Espanyol was solved by Yannick Carrasco and Thomas Lemar, while the offensive trio of Correa- Griezmann - Suarez were silent. It didn't help when Felix and Cunha entered the game. Against Porto in the Champions League - again nothing.
Suarez and Felix were playing in the starting 11, there was no progress even when Correa and Griezmann got a chance in the last half hour.
True, the season has just begun and it is not easy to fit all these new players overnight, but Simeone will surely be under public pressure to somehow find a place for the three most attractive names: Suarez, Griezmann, and Felix.
The only problem is that the professional part of the public thinks that the three of them can hardly be together, primarily because Griezmann and Felix are similar types of players. They do not give depth like Luis Suarez, but go down for the ball, participate in the game, they prefer the role of a midfielder who will play in tandem with the classic nine.
That is Suarez, and regardless of the fact that he has not yet scored a goal in the Champions League in Atletico jersey, he does not have to worry about his place in the team at the moment. Griezmann and Felix already have cause for concern.
The first is also because the fans are not thrilled with his return after the "treacherous transfer" to Barcelona. The second is because he is objectively a "smaller" name than the French. Simeone is able to play with three ahead this season, but the impression is that Atletico still looks better when three are in a midfield and two are ahead. Brainteaser for Simeone.