A plus for El Cholo
Diego Simeone has been given a much-needed boost ahead of Atlético Madrid's return leg of the Champions League semi-final against crosstown rivals Real Madrid on Wednesday (20:45 CET). Sunday's training session saw both Juanfran and José Giménez train with the rest of the rojiblanco squad. In fact, Atleti's indispensable right-back trained last week and El Cholo hinted that the Spain defender could be passed fit to face Real Madrid in the first leg at the Santiago Bernabéu.
Giménez pushes hard to make it
In fact, Juan Vizcaíno, a member of Atlético's technical team, asked Giménez to ease up in certain aspects of the training session, and was concerned the Uruguayan defender was going to aggravate his injury. The first-team players who secured Atlético's narrow 1-0 at home to Eibar on Saturday all worked in the gym to recover from their exertions and now turn their attentions towards Wednesday's tie.
Atlético Madrid have an uphill task facing them as they look to turn around a 3-0 deficit, which surprised many, at the Vicente Calderón.