Atletico Coach Diego Simeone will not have Diego Godin or Yannick Carrasco available when “Los Colchoneros” face Rayo Vallecano, but says he is unconcerned because he is concentrating on the men that he has at his disposal.
Simeone confident defenders can fill in for injured Godin
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SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (APRIL 29, 2016) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)
1. ATLETICO MADRID PLAYERS ON PITCH
2. FORWARD FERNANDO TORRES WARMING UP
3. FORWARD ANTOINE GRIEZMANN AND FILIPE LUIS WARMING UP
4. MIDFIELDER SAUL NIGUEZ WARMING UP
5. COACH DIEGO SIMEONE WALKING ON PITCH
6. DEFENDER DIEGO GODIN WALKING ON PITCH
7. GODIN KICKING BALL
8. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ATLETICO MADRID COACH, DIEGO SIMEONE, SAYING:
“I am not thinking about (Diego) Godin at the moment. I am thinking about (Stefan) Savic, Lucas (Hernandez) and (Jose) Gimenez who are available to us. He (Godin) will continue parallel work without any responsibility- if he is better we will obviously be happy and if not, we will continue with the guys, the three I have mentioned, who have been doing a good job.”
STORY: Atletico Madrid will not have defender Diego Godin or midfielder Yannick Carrasco when they face Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Saturday (April 30), Atletico Coach Diego Simeone said at a news conference on Friday (April 29).
Asked whether he expected the Uruguayan central defender to be match-fit in time for the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Bayern, Simeone said he was concentrating on the men that are available to him.
“I am thinking about (Stefan) Savic, Lucas (Hernandez) and (Jose) Gimenez who are available to us. He (Godin) will continue parallel work without any responsibility – if he is better we will obviously be happy and if not, we will continue with the guys, the three I have mentioned, who have been doing a good job,” Simeone told journalists.
In La Liga, Atletico and Barcelona both have 82 points with Barcelona ahead on goal average and Real Madrid one point behind with 81 in one of the tightest seasons in recent years.
On Saturday Real Madrid and Barcelona play away against Real Sociedad and Betis respectively as they fight for the league title.