On Tuesday Atlético travel to Cantabria for a midweek round of la Liga action. We kick off at 9PM local time at El Sardinero against Racing de Santander, currently 12th in the league table.
While Atleti will want to take all three points back to Madrid in their Europa League chase, the home side are in need of a victory as well considering they currently sit only four points above the drop zone.
Racing seem to have found some form right on time to avoid relegation though, beating Mallorca and Hércules in their last two games. Atleti meanwhile lost to Málaga on Saturday, after having gone unbeaten in the previous five matches.
Quique Sánchez Flores will be forced to make several changes after our last match, as he will have to deal with both suspension and injuries. Diego Costa will sit out the away trip after picking up a yellow card against Málaga, and will be replaced by Diego Forlán. The Uruguayan is a safe bet in matches at El Sardinero, where he has scored four goals in his previous four matches with Atleti.
Our coach will also have to replace his centre back duo of Luis Perea and Diego Godín, who both picked up injuries. The latter was injured this morning but should be available on the weekend, while Perea might miss out on the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury.
Also not available is Juanfran, whose father passed away Sunday evening.
Despite the absentees, Quique is confident about their replacements.
“We’re missing important players, but their substitutes are very capable,” Quique told the club’s official site. “I no longer think about [Saturday’s] loss. We now have to focus on doing our best in the final three matches so that we can qualify for the Europa League.”
There is also good news for Atlético, because Portuguese midfielder Tiago returns after the injury he suffered last week. Also new in our match selection are Pulido, Fran Mérida and Alberto Noguera. There are 19 players in the squad which means one player will be dropped, possibly depending on Tiago’s fitness.
Goalkeepers: De Gea, Joel
Defenders: Valera, López, Filipe, Ujfalusi, Domínguez, Pulido
Midfielders: Mario Suárez, Tiago, Raúl García, Elias, Fran Mérida, Assunção, Reyes, Koke, Noguera
Forwards: Forlán and Agüero
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