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MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says Diego Costa is not fit to play the entire match against Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday.Costa returned to action last weekend after being sidelined for nearly two months because of a foot injury that required surgery. He came off the bench in Atletico’s 1-0 win at Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish league on Saturday Cheap Real Madrid Soccer Shirts , playing alongside Alvaro Morata for the first time.Simeone said Tuesday that Costa “is not ready to play the 90 minutes” in the round-of-16 match at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.Victor “Vitolo” Machin started against Rayo, but Simone did not give any hints about his formation for the first leg against Juventus.Midfielder Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion is expected to be back in the lineup after a long injury layoff, although Simeone said he will wait until Wednesday to decide whether to start him.Simeone said he is focused on his squad and not on Cristiano Ronaldo, the former Real Madrid player who will be playing for the first time in Madrid since joining Juventus last summer.“We only think about (Antoine) Griezmann, Morata, Costa www.thetopsoccer.com/tottenham-hotspur , Koke,” Simeone said Tuesday. “They are all extremely motivated to play a great match tomorrow.”Ronaldo has fared well against Atletico, scoring 22 goals in 31 matches against the rival in all competitions. In the Champions League, he faced Atletico four straight seasons with Real Madrid, succeeding every time — in two finals (2014 and 2016), one quarterfinal (2015) and one semifinal (2017).Simeone said there could be surprises in Juventus’ squad even though coach Massimiliano Allegri announced Tuesday that Paulo Dybala will be starting against Atletico.“It doesn’t mean that they will be playing with three forwards Cheap Argentina Soccer Jerseys ,” Simeone said. “They can play several different ways regardless of the players who are starting.”Juventus was runner-up in the Champions League in 2015 and 2017. Last year, it was eliminated by Real Madrid in the quarterfinals.Atletico Madrid is back in the round of 16 after failing to make it out of the group stage last season.This year’s Champions League final will be played at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany (AP) — Borussia Moenchengladbach is looking for a new coach after deciding to replace Dieter Hecking after this season.Hecking’s contract expires in June and the Bundesliga club said Tuesday it will not give him a new deal. Hecking took over in December 2016 and led the side to ninth-place finishes in 2017 and 2018.“It was one of the most difficult decisions in my managerial career,” Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl said. “It is purely strategic and has nothing to do with the present situation.”Gladbach has only one win from its last seven Bundesliga games and dropped out of the top four for the first time since September after a 3-1 loss at Fortuna Duesseldorf on Saturday.Only the top four qualify for the Champions League.Hecking was praised for the team’s performances earlier in the season when it won its first nine home games but had been coming under increasing pressure, especially after a 5-1 loss to Bayern Munich last month.“It was a massive disappointment for me yesterday,” Hecking said of being informed of the club’s decision. “But when a sporting director like Max says that it’s better to continue working with another coach Soccer Jerseys Wholesale , then that’s the way it is. That’s his right and of course I accept it.”Hecking said he would continue to give everything for the team to achieve its objectives this season.Gladbach next faces a visit from in-form Werder Bremen on Sunday.Hecking, who formerly coached Wolfsburg and Nuremberg, is unlikely to be out of work for long. Schalke and Wolfsburg will also be looking for coaches next season.Hecking previously said he would like to return home, where Hannover is currently battling relegation with both coach Thomas Doll and general manager Horst Heldt on the verge of leaving.
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