Spanish international Llorente played a key role in Atleti’s title win in 2021, deployed at right midfield, as part of a supply line into Suarez.
His start in midfield against Osasuna is a real positive ahead of taking on United and Simeone was impressed by the 27-year-old.
“We came from a hard blow (against Levante) and it’s been difficult because we had just a few days to prepare”, as per reports from Marca.
“We started very well, with a good attacking shape and Marcos in midfield, which gives us something extra, as we know he does.”
Llorente is expected to retain his starting role at home to United on February 23 with Simeone’s defending champions returning to domestic action at home to Celta Vigo next weekend.
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