João, on the grass

Although the Portuguese already said goodbye to the season on his social networks, after sustaining a hamstring injury against Espanyol, he takes steps towards his recovery. This morning, in the last session of Atlético de Madrid before facing Athletic in the League, in the first of the last five games that remain, the five finals, he already worked on the pitch.

Photo by Joao Felix

He did it separately, with the recuperator Óscar Pitillasan important step, to start the recovery process on the grass, in the field. Lemar does not work yet on that point. Meanwhile, Professor Ortega raised his voice over his colleagues asking for intensity and forcefulness. Those have been the most repeated words this week on the Hill. What Simeone and his coaching staff ask their footballers to face the remaining challenge with guarantees, to qualify for the Champions League, a primary and fundamental objective.

PSimeone seems to be clear about his eleven to play in San Mamés, after the mini break. An eleven in which he will recover a footballer whose loss has been revealed to be fundamental, Héctor Herrera, who returns to the team a month after being injured. Giménez will also do the same, important discharge not only because of his ancestry but also because Savic is sanctioned for the duel against the Basques. Thus, the Cholo meditates an eleven formed by Oblak; Llorente, Giménez, Hermoso, Reinildo, Lodi; Jerrera, Kondogbia, Carrasco; Griezmann and Suarez.