It doesn’t matter if Simeone opts for a back four or for a five, the defender is a key presence at the rearguard. Both in minutes played and performance level, he’s become vital.
In San Sebastian he contributed an integral goal, following on from a strike of similar importance in the recent Champions League clash with RB Salzburg in Austria.
Solid defensively, capable in building attacks and comfortable on the ball, Hermoso is beginning to knock on Luis Enrique‘s door with the Spanish national team to complement his success.
— Mario Hermoso (@mariohermoso5) December 22, 2020
Against Elche, a game they dominated, he completed 92% of his 88 passes, 33 of which were in the opposition half.
So far this season Hermoso has played 1,285 minutes, the seventh most in the entire Atletico squad, a remarkable fact given he was touch and go about even staying last summer.