Atletico’s Gameiro out of Leverkusen game, Torres returns

Atletico is trying to return to the final after losing to Real Madrid last season.

Torres returned to full training on Monday and boss Diego Simeone confirmed he is available.

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone praised his team’s outstanding young players after a much-changed starting XI secured a 0-0 draw at home to Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday evening, sealing a 4-2 aggregate passage to the Champions League quarterfinals.

Atletico’s first chance of the night arrived in the 15th minute when Correa found some space inside the Leverkusen box before attempting to pick out the bottom corner, but Jedvaj’s block stopped the ball from finding the back of the net.

“We feel very good”, he told BeIN Sport. “We need to give our all again on Wednesday”, said the Spanish worldwide.

To put the scale of Simeone’s achievements at Atletico into context, Los Rojiblancos had only reached five European Cup quarter-finals in their history before the Argentine took over in December 2011.

“It’s just a shame we lost the first leg so heavily, but the goalless draw here gives us confidence”.

Jan Oblak is one of the best goalkeepers in Europe. “He shows it in every match, and showed it again (tonight)”.

The most stunning intervention between the posts, however, came from Oblak who made himself big to deny Brandt before getting up immediately to dive in front of Volland’s shot and blocking the German forward’s follow-up.

Korkut was hired after a 6-2 thrashing at Dortmund following their first leg defeat saw Roger Schmidt sacked.

Leverkusen is also having a rough domestic season, as it sits in tenth place in the Bundesliga. “They didn’t have one shot on goal so we kept a clean sheet in the first half”, the Atletico keeper continued.

“We had some chances but we didn’t have the luck”, he said. “I hope Atletico will continue like this, keep growing like in the last few years and I am sure we can achieve great things”.

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