He seems to have accommodated himself to such an extent that I honestly wonder if he's still fit to be considered an elite footballer nowadays.
Despite everything wrong with him, he's still an overall solid defender, his quality is still there. Pay enough attention and from time to time you still see him making some classy tackles, getting the ball from rivals without issues, etc. But then, he will fuck up. He's become almost demichelesque in that regard. In the worst moment possible, he will fuck up. At the Clásico he was having a pretty decent game and then fucked up massively in the penalty. Then he was good again for most of the match but fucked up again massively in the second half when he almost single-handedly gifted a goal to Madrid.
Other than that, his physical decline seems to be continuing, to alarming levels. In past season we noticed his jumping ability was lacking. Now it just looks like he doesn't even have one. Watching him trying to jump is a bad twisted joke.
His fitness is so horrendous I'm no longer sure to what extent values like 80 Stamina and 84 Response can be trusted. He barely makes interceptions nowadays, he just leaves it to his centreback partner, Busquets or Alves. And when he tries, he tends to arrive late and commit fouls. He also moves little, and participates less and less in the build-up. I don't even know if Extra Attacker (Offensive Sideback), such high ATT/AGG or even these long passing values (plus Pinpoint Pass) are even needed to portray him nowadays. Mascherano or Mathieu seem more adept and eager to begin the build-up from the defence than him.
I think we have two choices with him right now: either a general downgrade (ATT, TS, STA, RES, DS, LPA & LPS, Jump, Ment, AGG, cards) or Form/Condition 3. I'd stick to the last one just because, who knows, he may get his fitness back one day, but at this rate, if nothing changes, I think a big decision will have to be made at the end of the season.
Korinov la Komadreja
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jurgens wrote:korinov clearly jinxed atletico. jealous of their succes he struck with kind words laced with hispanic voodoo.
amine wrote:Spanish vodoo is real. That’s my takeaway from this. When my gran children ask me about it, i’ll tell them about the era of xosé the great