Despite a heavy defeat against the MLS Generation Adidas team, there was some good news for Atlético Madrid B, as three players returned from long injury lay-offs.
A name almost forgotten is that of Roberto Batres. The offensive midfielder was loaned to Shanghai Shenhua in January as part of our strategic alliance with the Chinese outfit.
But in China, the 24-year old suffered a terrible knee injury that forced him to return to Madrid for surgery. In 2007, torn ligaments had also kept Batres sidelined for months, which ended up hindering his development.
We must admit we had forgotten Batres was still part of the set-up, but last night he finally returned to play for Atlético B.
Coach Antonio Rivas also welcomed back left-back Míchel and striker Collado, who returned from long injury lay-offs. The latter, on loan from Braga, has especially been missed up front.
Atlético B lined up without any regular starters against Generation Adidas, a team composed of the best U-20 players of the MLS.
The promotion team is on a tour through Spain and beat Real Madrid Castilla (2-1) and Rayo Vallecano B (1-0) earlier this week.
The match against our reserves was lost 4-1, with Atienza scoring a penalty kick for Atlético after he had scored in his own goal earlier in the match. You can find video highlights here.
Line-up: Andrés; Joseph, Benítez, Atienza, Míchel; Abel, Fer, Jiménez, Batres; Gallegos and Collado.
Subs: Cantero, Saúl, Roberto, Vítor, Miramón and César.