Champions League

Hector Herrera’s experience could help Atlético Madrid

Atlético Madrid, who are among the contenders to win this year’s Champions League after eliminating Liverpool, will face RB Leipzig - without Thomas.

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Hector Herrera’s experience could help Atlético Madrid

Atlético Madrid take on RB Leipzig in the Champions League quarter final on Thursday and since eliminating defending champions Liverpool in the last round, they are among the favourites to go on and win the competition.

The bad news for Los Rojiblancos is that midfielder Thomas Partey hasn't fully recovered in time from a muscle tear injury and won't be risked. The Ghanaian has been a key player for Diego Simeone all season, starting in all of the team's Champions League games in the current campaign. 

Herrera the best option

Hector Herrera is in his first season with Atlético Madrid and he has adapted quickly to Simeone's defensive style. The Mexican midfielder has played five UCL games this season for a total of 206 minutes - two as a starter and three as a sub.

Herrera has adapted well to his role well in the team and due to his experience in playing in this tournament, especially in the knockout rounds with Porto for eight years, he could be the best option when facing Leipzig next week. 

The 30-year-old has scored a total of eight goals in the tournament since his debut in 2013, including his first goal with Atlético this season against Juventus.