With the departure of both the everpresent Filipe Luís and World Cup winner Lucas Hernandez, Atletico Madrid were left with no real left-back. This has not been a brand new issue, as the pair were both injured for multiple periods last season. Saúl Ñíguez and Francisco Montero had to be used as makeshift left-backs. This season, the responsibility will lie heavily on the shoulders of Renan Lodi, a relatively unknown youngster from Brasileirao. A tireless left-back, much will be asked of him when having to cover the whole left flank in Simeone’s new system. In this scout report, we will use tactical analysis to demonstrate Lodi’s strengths and weaknesses, and what will he contribute to Simeone’s system.
A product of Atletico PR’s youth academy, Lodi spent two seasons at the club’s first team, racking up eight goals and four assists in 50 appearances. This summer, he was transferred to Atletico Madrid for a 4-million-Euro fee.
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