Some self-styled “club football fans” do not like it, but international break affords some of our favorite players to reoresent proudly their nation of origin and compete for a place in prestigious competitions, like the World Cup. Some players have expanded roles with their national teams, which can help to show off the full range of their talents. And honestly, the wait for club football to come back isn't so bad!
Ok, that was very difficult to write, but it's over now. No one likes international break. It stinks. But here is what Atlético Madrid’s players have been up to so far, starting with those in countries under UEFA’s jurisdiction:
Yannick Carrasco: Carrasco is expected to start Belgium’s gsme vs. Estonia Sunday. The high-flying Devils have a perfect record in Group H and haven't yet conceded.
Antoine Griezmann: Played 88 minutes in France’s 2-1 comeback win over Sweden on Friday. France are top of its World Cup qualifying group (Group A), with three wins and a draw thus far.
Kevin Gameiro: Did not play against Sweden.
Koke: Koke and Spain host Macedonia tonight, looking to solidify top spot in Group G. Kokinho is expected to start.
Jan Oblak: Kept a clean sheet (big surprise) in Slovenia’s 1-0 win over Malta on Friday. Slovenia are two points behind England in Group F, and have not lost yet in the group stage (and because I have mentioned this fact, they will almost certainly lose next time out).
Stefan Savic: Played all 90 minutes of Montenegro’s Friday clash with Armenia, in which his side blew a 2-0 halftime lead to lose 3-2 on a 90th minute goal scored by Gevorg Ghazaryan. Not a great result for Savic and the Montenegrins, who are just a point ahead of Denmark and two clear of Romania in second place in Group E.
Sime Vrsaljko: Started for Croatia against Iceland on Saturday. That game stands at 1-0 Croatia.
Off to CONMEBOL now:
Angel Correa: Entered as a substitute for Argentina with 20 minutes to go, when its loss to Brazil was assured. Argentina are in a tricky spot, sitting in sixth and not even in a playoff place. Correa and Argentina will next host Colombia on Tuesday.
Filipe Luís: Did not play as Brazil thrashed Argentina 3-0 on Thursday night. Brazil´s next game is at Peru on Tuesday night.
José Giménez: Has seemingly lost his spot in the Uruguay side to Sebastian Coates and has not played.
Diego Godín: As ever, played 90 minutes in Uruguay’s 2-1 win over Ecuador on Thursday. Uruguay are a point behind Brazil at the top of the qualifying table. Uruguay´s next game looks like a good one, In Santiago to face Chile on Tuesday.
Finally, an update from the CAF:
Thomas Partey: Thomas and Ghana will play Egypt in Alexandria on Sunday.