Atleti, a few days off before preparing for the Champions

The Atletico squad will enjoy the week off to recharge their batteries before focusing on the Champions League quarterfinals against Leipzig.


Atlético said goodbye to the League with the goal accomplished. With the draw against Real Sociedad, the rojiblanco team confirmed a third place that seemed complicated before the competition for the coronavirus health crisis stopped when it was sixth.

However, the good performance in the return, with seven wins and four draws, has ensured participation in the Champions League next season and Atlético has occupied the place that corresponds to it by budget in a year of transition, as has always been the case. Simeone defined, after having nine new faces in the squad compared to last season.

Now, once the end that the club was seeking in the League has been reached, something vital for next season's budget, it is time to focus on the Champions League. After eliminating Liverpool in a spectacular knockout round knockout, with victory in the Wanda Metropolitano thanks to Saúl's goal and an overtime comeback in Anfield with a double by Llorente and the finish by Morata, he presented a golden option to take the longed for title. Atlético eliminated the current champion and the great favorite to repeat victory. In the future it has, a priori, a more favorable calendar.

While Real Madrid and Barcelona have to play the second leg of their knockout round against Manchester City and Naples, respectively, Atlético will already face the quarterfinals on August 13 against German Leipzig. In a new format with one-game playoffs, if he manages to clinch victory against a team that will be without Timo Werner, he will wait for the tie seller between Atalanta and PSG.

But before starting to prepare for that quarterfinal match, Simeone has given his players a week off. After accumulating eleven games in just over a month, the Argentine coach wants his squad to disconnect before starting to prepare for that match against Leipzig with just over two weeks before the big event. Cholo wants to have his entire squad at an optimal physical level, where concerns focus on the state of Thomas, who asked for change during the match against Real Sociedad and on the recovery of Vrsaljko, the only player to meet in low.

As the game ended on Sunday, the Atletico players have begun to travel to enjoy those days off, before focusing on a mini preseason for a tournament that captures the illusions of fans and players. It should be noted that the Leipzig players also enjoyed a few days of vacation after finishing the Bundesliga on June 27. So Morata is in Sardinia, Vitolo in Gran Canaria, Oblak in Slovenia, Trippier in Ibiza, Correa in Ibiza ... all of them enjoying a few days of relaxation before returning to the top for that appointment in the quarterfinals of the Champions.

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