Koke already knows the way

The Atlético de Madrid visits London this Wednesday in search of the pass to the quarterfinals of the Champions League against the Chelsea. A team that he has defeated twice. The last, in 2014, on the scene of today’s game, and served for the rojiblanco team to access the final of the maximum continental competition.

Almost seven years have passed since that magical night in the English capital. And of the current squad, there is only one footballer who was on the pitch at the time: the captain. Koke Resurrection. The vallecano, with 22 years old at that time, was already a capital player in the plans of Diego Simeone.

He played then heeled on the right wing, sharing the core with men like Gabi (which was dismissed due to sanction in that appointment), Tiago, Mario Suárez or Arda Turan. Koke completed the 90 minutes and saw from the field of play as Adrián’s goals, Diego Costa penalty and Arda Turan traced the initial goal of their idol Fernando Torres, who defended the colors of Chelsea there.

The first leg was also played by Atlético at home (in Madrid, yes, not in Bucharest like now) and the result was 0-0. The colchoneros were worth the draw with goals to pass, but as on this occasion, they had to go to London in search of goals. And they succeeded.


With regard to the coaching staff, at the head of it continues to be Diego Simeone, while in continuous physical preparation Oscar Ortega. They are the only three main actors of that magical night that this Wednesday they will repeat at Stamford Bridge and that they would sign with blood the same result that occurred that April 30, 2014.