Europa League news

Atletico poised for Europa League defence

September 20, 2012
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent
Europe League holders Atletico Madrid travel to Hapoel Tel Aviv on Thursday night without star striker Radamel Falcao, but with a determination to retain the trophy, according to Rojiblancos coach Diego Simeone.

The Argentine coach has left Falcao - plus other regulars Arda Turan, Gabi and Diego Godin - back in Spain, but said that squad players including Cata Diaz, Emre, Raul Garcia and Diego Costa were well capable of securing the three points for their side.

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