Accidents and suspensions proceed to decimate Atlético Madrid, because the Rojiblancos get set to tackle Real Sociedad within the Copa del Rey’s final 16.
Diego Simeone will likely be with out 5 common gamers for Wednesday evening’s sport at Reale Enviornment in San Sebastián. Antoine Griezmann, Geoffrey Kondogbia, and Marcos Llorente have all been dominated out with muscle accidents (although Griezmann’s return is getting nearer), whereas José Giménez is suspended after he picked up a purple card on the finish of the Supercopa semifinal loss to Athletic Membership. Stefan Savić returned to training on Monday, however he’ll miss his ninth straight sport Wednesday.
All this implies the deck seems stacked in opposition to Simeone’s males as soon as once more.
“We at all times really feel extra accountability than stress (to carry out),” Cholo defined Tuesday. “Final season, again in March, everybody thought we weren’t going to be champions, and the staff had the rebelliousness and the energy to carry on within the second of problem when (Barcelona and Real Madrid) minimize factors from us. We discovered that not being champion appeared like a failure, and we grew to become champions.
“The earlier yr, when the pandemic started, the same state of affairs occurred to us during which we have been very removed from the Champions League locations, and the staff reacted effectively and responded once more.
“I consider within the staff, I consider within the footballers.”
Imanol Alguacil’s staff has come again to earth after main LaLiga for a time earlier this season. La Real is not going to be at full energy both, as uber-talented younger ahead Alexander Isak — who scored on the Wanda Metropolitano in a 2-2 draw earlier this season — will likely be unavailable for the txuri-urdin, trying to qualify for a second quarterfinal in three years.
Atlético haven’t been a part of the Copa del Rey’s final eight since 2018.
“We’ve got to be calm and affected person and watch for (Atlético’s greatest model) to look, as a result of it’ll seem, and hopefully will probably be tomorrow,” Simeone stated.
Date Jan. 19, 2022
Location Reale Enviornment, San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa
Kickoff time 9:00 p.m. CET, 8:00 p.m. GMT, 3:00 p.m. EST, 12:00 p.m. PST