Simeone plans to rotate heavily for the first leg against the Segunda B side. Only 14 players trained at the club’s facility in Majadahonda on Tuesday, and several canteranos joined the bench mob in preparation for the trip to the Martínez Valero. The expectation is that left back Sergi González and attacking midfielder Keidi Bare will start — both players received rave reviews in preseason.
Augusto Fernández will make his highly-anticipated return to the side for his first official appearance since he tore his ACL last September. The 31-year-old has made just 24 appearances since joining Atlético in January 2016 due to various injuries; Wednesday will give us a good read on where he is as a player after such a long layoff.
Elche were a top-flight side until they were forcibly relegated in 2015 due to unpaid debts to the Spanish taxman. The club has been in a tailspin since and were relegated from Segunda last season after finishing second from bottom.
Moyá; Vrsaljko, Giménez, Lucas, Sergi Domínguez; Augusto, Thomas, Keidi, Gaitán; Torres, Vietto.
Elche 0-2 Atlético Madrid.
How to watch
Location: Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero, Elche, Valencia, Spain
Time: 21:30 CEST, 20:30 BST, 3:30 p.m. EST, 12:30 p.m. PST
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Available TV/streaming: beIN LaLiga (Spain), beIN Sports en Español, fuboTV (United States), DAZN Europe (Germany)
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