He Athletic exercises day after day with a date marked in red on the calendar: on August 13. It will be when face Leipzig in the quarters end of the Champions and Simeone works so that all its staff arrive in the best possible way to the meeting, mainly in the physical section, where it will take place after almost a month without competing in an official match (since July 19). Of course, Leipzig will do it after finishing the Bundesliga on June 27, three weeks before.
For this Cholo currently has all its staff except Thomas, recovering from a muscle micro-break, and Vrsaljko, who has already been seen on the grass and could get to lisbon, although it has been low since May 21. Thus, Atlético has 21 footballers of the first team pounding for the date. But these are accompanied by stonemasons more highlights. Yes Manu Sánchez has acquired a site after his good work as a replacement for Lodi on the left side, entering the league eleven three times since the return of the break, Rodrigo Riquelme is the advanced student in attack.
They are two of the players who are reinforcing the team practices Ahead of that appointment with Lepizig and that Champions League single match in Lisbon where the dream of the title is latent. Riquelme debuted on the third day League against Eibar after impressing in the preseason and has been cited in others 10 games without actually participating, four of them after the break where the increase in players in the calls favored their presence. He also disputed 70 minutes in Cup against the Cultural.
Leaving on loan, a possibility
The 20-year-old knows that, a priori, he will not have minutes in the Champions League, where like Manu is enrolled, but it's ready just in case. If there are casualties or Simeone thinks you should trust him, he will be ready. A player who is pure talent and who works with a lot of impudence and overflow thrown towards the left wing or starting from the middle point and whose future could go through an assignment in a category superior to Second Division B.
He Atleti B failed to gain promotion after being eliminated in Game 1 of playoff on penalties against Sabadell and will continue to play in the third category. Riquelme has one more year of contract, so the rojiblanco club could choose to try your renewal to leave you on loan in the First or Second Division, as has already been done with sweetbread.
He good level of the 19 year old player in Deportivo despite the decline, finishing as the team's second top scorer with six goals, now opens the doors of First. Getafe has already requested its transfer and the first player born in the XXI century in debut with Atlético I could go on burning out before having a place in the rojiblanco scheme. Something that Riquelme will decide in the future, since now his head, like that of his training partners, only goes through the Champions.