Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has admitted Koke’s injury is a big loss, but believes Atletico can deal with his absence. Torres and Corea came off the bench against Eiber to inspire the los colchoneros to a 2-0 victory. The only blot on that win was Koke’s injury, and Simeone admits that the Spaniard will be a big loss. “He’s a very important player for us. He has all the attributes of the complete midfielder: he does defensive work, he can pass between the lines, he’s good at dead balls and has a good engine… He always knows what the team needs. He’s a big loss” . Simeone also praised Fernando Torres’ hardwork and thinks it is paying him dividends. “Fernando is doing very well. He came back for pre-season in great shape and worked very hard. His efforts are paying off. He needs there to be demands made of him and we’re demanding he perform at his very best. […]