UPDATE- Match highlights, i.e. Ruben's goal:
Here is your open thread for the midweek Europa League action against Greek side PAOK FC.
The team for the match:
Keepers: Diego López and Juan Carlos.
Defenders: Ángel, Gonzalo, Musacchio, Capdevila, Catalá and Mario.
Midfielders: Bruno, Borja Valero, Matilla, Cazorla, Cani and Jefferson Montero.
Forwards: Rossi, Nilmar, Marco Ruben and Altidore.
Senna is out with his injury, which could give Matilla a chance to shine. I think we have all been waiting for that since his strong showings towards the end of last season. Have fun with this nearly-full squad, as this weekend's tie with Atlético is going to be rough!
We have to win this one, being a home match against the leaders of Group D, if we want to finish on top where we deserve. A victory today and some help from Brugge against Dinamo Zagreb could easily see us sitting on top of the group at the end of the day. Of course, the return legs against the three teams will be tougher, as we have to travel to PAOK and Brugge in the upcoming weeks.
One other note: PAOK have lost their coach this week. Former coach Pavlos Dermitzakis is no longer with the club after a weekend loss to Panathinaikos, and they will be coached by his assistant Makis Havos.