The 19-year-old law student came for Renan Lodi at the left-back and made an impression during the match.

Manu is very young and has great clarity

Diego Simeone had no doubt calling up Manu Sanchez to start for Atletico Madrid against Real Valladolid. The 19-year-old law student came for Renan Lodi at the left-back and made an impression during the match. “He is very young, it is his third game with us,” Simeone said of Sanchez. “He played very well, with great clarity, a lot of personalities, no fear, and he made a very positive impression on me”. Simeone looked after Sanchez from his Juvenil days. For which he had already played in the Division de Honor in his second year.

He was never called to represent Spain at a youth level, but Sanchez developed at Under-19 level for Atletico. Playing in the UEFA Youth League and with the club’s B team in the Segunda B. Last summer, he traveled with the Atletico’s first team during the preseason and trained with Simeone’s side this season. Sanchez will hope to make more progress in the first team as the games go thick and fast in the coming weeks.