Simeone keeps showing flexibility with his players’ positions


A suspension and several injuries meant that Diego Simeone had to improvise in central defence against Celta Vigo on Saturday and he chose to utilize the B group midfielder Toni Moya at focus back.

This was just the latest example of the Argentine’s adaptability with regards to his players’ positions.

Given how many injuries Los Rojiblancos have suffered this season, they have often had to field players in roles that are unnatural to them and 18 of the 26 outfielders utilized this battle have sooner or later needed to play in a position that isn’t their essential one.

Only Filipe Luis, Rodrigo, Nikola Kalinic, Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata, Carlos Isaac, Joaquin and Borja Garces have gone the whole season just assuming in their normal jobs.

Saul Niguez is the best example of the team’s flexibility, as he has played all across the midfield, at left-back and even at focus back.

The Spaniard had to play in central defence alongside Thomas Partey for the end of the 3-2 victory over Athletic Club in November after wounds left the team with no different alternatives.

With those two having played at the back in addition to the four first-team centre-backs and youth teamer Francisco Montero, this implied Moya was the eighth player to be given a run-out at centre-back this season when he played against Celta Vigo.

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