Atletico Madrid have lost the fire in their belly and need to make better use of their summer signings, says Terry Gibson
“First of all, I was really surprised to see Fernando Torres. That experiment has to stop. When you spend €32m on Kevin Gameiro who’s been in pretty good form, he should be starting.
“I think the reason Torres played on Saturday was to give them a bit more power up front and Simeone believes that Torres still has the same big-game performances in him. He got the nod to be a six-foot centre forward who puts himself about, but it didn’t work.
“I then thought it was a mistake when they were at their best to make two changes in the middle of that. I didn’t think there was an awful lot between the two teams in the first – Real Madrid maybe just shaded it – and for the first ten minutes of the second half, it looked like the Atletico equaliser was only a matter of time and then Simeone made changes.
“I look at the signings that they have made and some of them are good players, but he doesn’t use enough of them,”
“Gameiro was on the bench [in the Madrid derby], we’ve all forgotten about Nico Gaitan who they paid 20-odd million Euros for and he’s not getting a game.
“Antoine Griezmann is a fantastically gifted player but I do wonder if they had saved the money from Sime Vrsaljko, Gameiro and Gaitan, they could have got Costa. You’re talking 60 or 70 million Euros there and I’m pretty sure Chelsea might have listened then if that had been the figure offered.”