It was a busy week for Atléticos, as 12 players went off to play for their respective national teams. In addition to Atleti’s 12 internationals, six loanees were also called up.
The Uruguayan duo, Diego Godín and José María Giménez, started in both of Uruguay’s matches and helped lead the ‘celeste’ to victory. The duo also helped Fernando Muslera keep two clean sheets and Godín scored a goal in both games, against Bolivia and Colombia.
For our Portuguese veteran, Tiago, a win in Braga against Denmark was necessary to secure qualification for the Euro. Tiago played the full 90 minutes and offered stability to the Portuguese team, which won 1-0 and qualified for the tournament. The midfielder didn’t travel to Serbia for the following match and ended up back to training with the Atleti squad.
Things didn’t go well for Filipe Luis in his return to the ‘canarinha’, as he was sidelined to the bench and saw his team lose 2-0 in Chile. However, in the second match against Venezuela, Filipe Luis played the full 90 minutes and set up the second goal.
If things started off poorly for Filipe Luis, they were worse for Jackson Martínez. Jackson sat on the bench as Colombia beat Peru 2-0, although with a poor showing, and also sat on the bench in the 3-0 loss against Uruguay. Even Radamel Falcao, who has been in awful form, got minutes ahead of Jackson this international break. Youngster Rafael Santos Borré was called up, but he didn’t play a single minute either.
Spain needed a win against Luxembourg to secure its presence in the Euro. With an injured Koke, Juanfran was the only Atleti representative in the senior squad. The right back played the full 90 minutes against Luxembourg and saw his country qualify for the tournament.
For the U-21 Spain side, Saúl Ñiguez, Óliver Torres and loaned out Javier Manquillo were called up. Both midfielders were starters in both matches. Oli scored a goal in the draw against Sweden, while Saúl was sent off in the same match after receiving two yellow cards. Manquillo didn’t play.
Since France is hosting the Euro, the team automatically qualified for the tournament. However, France played friendly matches against Armenia and Denmark. Against Armenia, Griezmann played 88 minutes, scored and gave one assist.
Some Madrid journalists even said he injured Benzema, which is quite ridiculous. In the match against Denmark, Griezmann played 78 minutes and didn’t score nor assist.
A big surprise in the football world was Argentina’s shock 2-0 loss to Ecuador. Ángel Correa played the full 90 minutes in what was his first competitive match with the ‘albiceleste’. Correa watched the 0-0 draw against Paraguay from the bench with Matías Kranevitter, who didn’t play in either game.
Our new center back, Stefan Savic, was a starter in both of Montenegro’s losses. Following the two losses, the 24 year old will miss out on the prestigious tournament.
Lastly, our super keeper, Jan Oblak watched Slovenia’s 1-1 draw with Lithuania from the bench. However, he started in the match against San Marino and helped his team reach the tournament’s playoff round.
After a busy international week for the Atléticos around the world, everyone is now back and training for the match against Real Sociedad.