The 46th edition of the Trofeo Colombino kicks off soon in Huelva, at the Estadio Nuevo Colombino. Today’s semi-final match is between local side Recreativo Huelva and Uruguayan Primera División side Montevideo Wanderers.
Atleti faces Sporting Gijón tomorrow, Wednesday, at 21:00 GMT+1 KO in what will be our second to last preparation match prior to the all important UEFA Super Cup final against Inter Milan on August 27.
The final and third place playoff matches of the Colombino tournament will be played on Thursday.
Manager Quique Sánchez Flores will appreciate the opportunity to finally get a good look at his new defensive line playing together as a unit. The group, composed of right back Tomás Ujfalusi, right centre back Diego Godín, left centre back Álvaro Domínguez and left back Filipe Luís, practiced together for the first time yesterday in a training game with their rojiblanco team-mates and did not concede a goal.
Another headline for our match with Gijon, in what is a dress rehearsal for the opening day of the La Liga season, is the return of Diego Forlán, fresh from his Golden Ball winning World Cup campaign. The striker returned to training last week and is ready for his first outing in an Atlético shirt since the Copa del Rey final back in May.
Quique’s 24 player match selection for the tournament, according to AS, is the following:
De Gea, Joel, Valera, Antonio López, Perea, Godín, Ujfalusi, Filipe Luis, Pulido, Domínguez, Mario Suárez, Camacho, Raúl García, Fran Mérida, Assunçao, Koke, Jurado, Reyes, Simao, Diego Costa, Salvio, Alberto Perea, Agüero and Forlán.
Left off the coach’s list were Keko, Juanito, Ibrahima, Regalón and Tiago.