Earlier this week, “Cholo” Simeone announced his two lists for the 2013-14 Champions League campaign.
As expected, the entire 23-man squad was named on the A list.
The B list consists of youth players who may be called into action in case of injury or sanction. Some notable names on the B squad are: David Gil, Iván Calero, Ndoye, and Nacho Monsalve.
The B list has a total of 17 players, but is missing one very important squad member. Bono, our Moroccan international goalkeeper, is not included on either list. The decision, however, is not a technical choice, but a legal one.
Simply put, Yassine Bono does not meet the UEFA requirements to be a Champions League player. During the early stages of the pre-season, it seemed as if he would be Atleti’s backup ‘keeper for the season. However, the club then proceeded to sign Daniel Aranzubia, and Bono was relegated to the B squad yet again.
The club also announced the squad numbers for all of the players, and last minute signings Toby Alderweireld and Josuha Guilavogui will wear the numbers 12 and 15, respectively. Youngsters Manquillo and Óliver Torres will be playing with the numbers 17 and 16, respectively, as they have been fully integrated into the first team, and are no longer members of the B-squad.