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UEFA: Locomotiv Moscow v Atlético de Madrid

Posted by atleti on October 23, 2007

Atleti B players, Batres (striker; 8 goals this season) and Álex Quillo (midfielder; described as a ‘complete footballer’), will travel with the top squad to Moscow! Fantastic news because we’re dipping into the B team for talent, players who are hungry to prove they are worthy of top squad inclusion.

Here’s the full squad headed to Moscow: Antonio López, Pernía, Cléber, Forlán, Raúl García, Luis García, Agüero. Maxi, Fabiano Eller, Abbiati, Jurado, Maniche, Perea, Pablo, Simao, Leo Franco, Batres and Álex Quillo.

Unavailable due to injury: Motta, Mista, Miguel, Seitaridis, and Reyes.

Defence-wise: No Ze Castro either, but he isn’t listed at all on the site; he’s still recovering from his ‘gastroentinitis’. If you’re wondering why newly-recovered Valera isn’t included, please see the comment section of this entry for links on that. This leaves us with few truly defensive options on the bench.

There’s no doubt in my mind that Aguirre will once again rotate the squad So far, it has been working well, which is good.

Mundo Atleti claim this might be a possible starting 11: Abbiati; Antonio López; Pablo; Eller; Pernía; Jurado; Cléber; Raúl García; Simao; Forlán; Agüero

Antonio López Interview (excerpts):
It’s been a long time since we’ve played in Europe. Now, UEFA is a reality and we must be concentrated in order to have a [game against Locomotiv].

On his season so far:
I’m fine, but what every player wants is more playing time […] if I’m given an opportunity to play, I’m happy[…]

Reminder: It’s this Thursday, 25-October.

8 Responses to “UEFA: Locomotiv Moscow v Atlético de Madrid”

  1. Ram said

    Where is Valera? Seems no cover for the right side.

  2. atleti said

    Check out these sites for info on Valera’s UEFA predicament:

    He won’t be able to play in UEFA until December due to the regulations discussed in the links, unfortunately.

  3. Ram said

    thanks for the info.

  4. Ram said

    If we are allowed only 23 players registered, how come the 2 youngsters are travelling with the team. Is it just for the experience to travel with the senior team or they can play also?

  5. atleti said

    They’ve been playing well for the B team, so Aguirre might view them as replacements for injured players: Batres for Mista & Quillo for Reyes/Motta.

    Batres is a great player! Lots of good buzz on him.

  6. atleti said

    They’re good options to have on the bench.

  7. Linda said

    How long is poor Motta out for?

  8. atleti said

    No idea, but hopefully he’ll be back by mid-November!

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