This'll be the fifth game Atlético's playing at 12:00. This is also the second time this season alone the players will be forced to play at this point after a Europa League-game. The planning of these games is laughable. Last time around against Osasuna, the players and coaching staff had 50-53 hours to prepare the game. They don't have to arrive at 04:00-05:00 this time around though but it's still a ridicolous time considering Barcelona play at 18:00 despite having a day more in terms of rest. Horrendous planning.
That, however, is not an excuse for not performing against Granada.
Diego, Tiago, Sílvio and Antonio López are all injured, so they won't feature. Meanwhile, we're without Filipe Luís at left-back so it most likely means Domínguez will play in that position and we'll lose a substantial amount of quality down the left considering he's not any good as a fullback.
Arda returns after an injury he picked up with Turkey during the international break. Saúl is in the squad for this game and he became the youngest ever player to make his debut on the international stage with Atlético against BJK on Thursday. He's the younger brother of Aarón Ñiguéz who used to be such a big talent but the best part about Saúl is that he ditched Madrid to play for Atlético as a 14-year old alongside coach de la Morena
Pedro will also be in the squad while Pizzi has been left out because of his horrendous performances.
They've got loads of problems and won't be able to field seven (!) players at Vicente Calderón because of injuries and suspensions.
Siqueira, Fran Rico, Franco Jara and Dani Benítez are all out with suspensions in that ridicolous game where Iturralde handed out 13 bookings against Valencia. Roberto, Yebda and Diakhaté are all injured.
That means they'll have Júlio César in goal, a typical reflex keeper who's horrendous in the aerial game. Let's set him under pressure because we've got quite a few players who can do it.