Atleti ‘have no UEL preferences’

Atletico Madrid Koke ‘does not care’ who his side face in the Europa League semi-final as ‘every side remaining is strong’.

Diego Simeone’s side will face one of Arsenal, Salzburg or Marseille in the last four of the competition, which they lifted in 2010 and 2012.

“I don’t care who we face, as every side is very strong at this stage,” Koke told El Larguero, as cited by Diario AS.

“Sporting had an excellent match against us, especially in the first half and to progress past strong teams always gives us more confidence and belief.

“Oblak? He is used to playing great games, and if I was making decisions I would have him a blank cheque to remain!

“Injuries to Costa and Lucas? I do not know if they are (bad) or not, but we will see how they recover.”

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