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Diego Simeone crosses fingers that Antoine Griezmann’s injury is not too serious after the striker jumped off in Thursday’s 5-0 Copa del Rey victory over Rayo Majadahonda.
The French national team player – who scored his team’s fourth after being introduced as a replacement – suffered a thigh injury in last month’s derby defeat to Real Madrid before being tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
Simeone did not reveal the nature of Griezmann’s injury, but said he hopes the French national team player, who left the pitch visibly upset, is not out of the game for a long time.
“The doctors will inform better than me,” he told a news conference. – He is a very important player for us and it is a shame that he was injured again.
“We hope he does not have much timeout.”
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Simeone put up a strong start XI for the match, which was played at Wanda Metropolitano despite Majadahonda being drawn as a home side and they never seemed to be disturbed after Matheus Cunha’s early opening.
Renan Lodi and Luis Suarez made it three before the break, while Griezmann and other substitutes Joao Felix rounded off the scoring in the second half.
After scoring against Granada in LaLiga before the break in the middle of the season, Joao Felix has now scored in consecutive away games in all tournaments for just the second time ever after doing so against Real Mallorca and Lokomotiv Moscow in October 2019.
Simeone was full of praise for the Portuguese national team player and would like to see more of the same from him in the coming weeks.
“It was an extraordinary performance in the second half,” the Atleti boss added.
“He has come out with great enthusiasm and everything he has tried has been good for him. I am very happy on his behalf and I am sure it will be good for us if he continues on this level.”
After four defeats in a row before the mid-season break, Atleti has started 2022 with back-to-back victories.
Simeone has been content with his side’s position since they returned to action, and he does not want them to give up.
“The site has a great desire to do things well,” he said. “The players have great intensity from minute one to get out of the difficult moment the team was through.
“Achieving consistency in the league is the hardest thing, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
Atleti are next in action on Sunday when they visit Villarreal in LaLiga.