Paul’s Quarterback

Chen the Atltico went to the market to look for Rodrigo de Paul, they were clear about what they were going to find. “A player who has many things to give to the team. Hopefully he will join in and show what he has in his foot”. These are Simeone’s words after the match against Elche. And boy did you see what he has on his foot. The Argentinian He gave two 40-meter passes to the back of the Elche defense to remember. The first of them ended in a goal with the help of Kiko Casilla who was not well at the start, the second Carrasco could not take advantage of it to close the match.

It’s not something new at De Paul. Last season in Udinese he distributed 12 goal assists. And this summer, with all the red-and-white fans waiting for him in the Copa America, he gave Di Mara the pass that would give them back the title of champions 28 years later. Sarand’s has a glove on his foot. As if it were an American football quarteback, the 5 del Atltico sought the back of the Elche defense with two millimeter passes into space. El Cholo and his people have found a vein.


Rodrigo will not only live with long balls during the season. Several times I sought to assist Carrasco and Correa in depth. The Atltico needed a guy capable of feeding their attacking players with balls into space and boy did he find it. De Paul was the rojiblanco who gave the most passes in the rival field. He went to the bench with 22 passes. As the companions of @atletico_statsDe Paul has participated in eight goals in his last eight starts between Seria A and Liga. The Atltico, as soon as Rodrigo adapts to the rhythm of the Cholo midfield, will have a karat footballer.

Simeone has in De Paul the perfect pitcher for both his forwards and the rojiblancos lanes. For now, as we have said, Carrasco and Correa were the great beneficiaries of the Argentine’s first game as a starter, but he can turn his diagonals into one of the rojiblancos offensive arguments with the incorporation of the lane attackers. The stopped ball is another of his great virtues, as he already demonstrated in the friendly against Feyenoord, where all his corners were finished. Against Elche he had to wait his turn since the pitchers were Lemar, Koke and Carrasco. Atltico have their perfect quarterback in De Paul.