The Frenchman returned to Atleti after around two years on the cut-off date, moving from Barcelona to a first loan deal that includes a mandatory purchase clause in case he plays more than 50% of the games he is available for. </ Diego Simeone and Luis Suarez brought the French to the top for Atletico Madrid's clash against Espanyol in Catalonia today.
Angel Correa, who has impressed on the front lines lately, has fallen back into midfield and is playing next to Marcos Alonso in the role of advanced midfield, followed by Koke.
Yannick Carrasco starts as left full-back next to a central defender trio of Mario Hermoso, Stefan Savic and Felipe, while Kieran Trippier starts on the right and Jan Oblak in Tor begins.
There is also good news that Joao Felix is sitting on the bench for the first time after an ankle surgery this summer.