FALCAO MISSING FOR ATLETICO
The Atletico Madrid and Colombian international striker Radamel Falcao will be a major absentee for the team in the next few days according to the manager of the Spanish club Diego Simeone. The 26-year-old Radamel Falcao is regarded as one of the best strikers in the world. He has been recently linked with a £ 45 million move to the Premier league club Chelsea. He was signed by the Spanish club Atletico Madrid from the Portuguese club FC Porto for around £ 35 million. He helped them win the Europa league in his first season at the club by scoring more than 35 goals in all competitions.
This was the second consecutive season that he has won the Europa league after previously helping FC Porto to the same title the previous season. However, the player will not be available for Atletico Madrid for the weekend’s match against Espanyol. He will be missing the match due to a thigh injury recently suffered. Speaking ahead of the match, the Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has said that there is no doubt that the team will be not at their best due to the absence of Radamel Falcao, but he expects other players to step up in his absence.
“The objective is not to cover for Radamel’s absence. However, we will be going there with the same mentality as we have had recently, with different players and different characteristics to Falcao, while continuing to remain competitive. The team is good, there is much competition internally, the players are eager to play and the intent is to enter the field with the people who can get us the best result, especially for the match that we are next preparing for,” said Simeone ahead of the match with Espanyol during the weekend.