During pre-season, between the injury of Felipe Monteiro -first-, an overload from Stefan Savic -later- and a blow from José María Giménez -finally-, Diego Simeone discovered Axel Witsel in a different position from that of central midfielder because of the fact that he came free from Borussia Dortmund to Atlético de Madrid, of which he is today the defensive reference, as a ‘swinger’ or central defender from another era, for vision and quality, but destined to move up the ladder as soon as the coach is able to all his powerhouses at the same time.

He hasn’t tried it in defense during any of the two weeks of pre-season training at the Los Angeles urban complex of San Rafael in the mountains of Segovia, where the Argentine coach has always placed him in his natural position, and he was not going to play as a central defender on July 27 in the first warm-up match against Numancia at El Burgo de Osma, when he fell back into that demarcation simply due to injuries.

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