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Simeone tries out Saúl and Gámez without Gabi or Siqueira

Simeone tries out Saúl and Gámez without Gabi or Siqueira

The Atleti coach still hopes to have Mandzukic available for tomorrow’s Champions League match against Real Madrid.

Diego Pablo Simeone appears to be continuing to ponder his starting XI for tomorrow’s Champions League quarter-final second leg, which is in the balance after a 0-0 draw at the Calderón. Today, Tuesday, he tried out an XI with Saúl and Gámez, leaving out Gabi and Siqueira. Mandzukic also took part, and it looks like player and coach feel the Croat is over the ankle niggle he’s been suffering for the past few days. If he doesn’t play however Raúl García will likely step in for him.

Simeone’s test XI was: Oblak; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Gámez; Tiago; Arda, Koke, Saúl, Griezmann; and Mandzukic.

The other call ups to the squad are: Moyá, Ansaldi, Siqueira, Giménez, Raúl García, Cani, Gabi, Fernando Torres, Raúl Jiménez and academy player Lucas Hernández.

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