Spanish newspapers and football fans on Thursday mourned the end of an era for their national team after the world and European champions crashed out of the World Cup in a humiliating 2-0 beating by Chile.
Experienced strikers Fernando Torres and David Villa were both included in Spain coach Vicente del Bosque`s final 23-man World Cup squad on Saturday as he sought to cover Diego Costa`s injured hamstring.
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone believes bit-part striker Adrian Lopez is up to the task of replacing top scorer Diego Costa for his side`s Champions League quarter-final, second leg at home to Barcelona on Wednesday.
David Villa has been unable to rediscover his consistency since he broke his leg in late 2011 but Spain`s record scorer could still be crucial to Atletico Madrid`s hopes of Champions League success this season.
The clash at Vincente Calderon between La Liga`s top two teams failed to live up to its billing. For the host - Atletico Madrid, it was a perfect chance to prove their rise as the third force in Spain. And for the visiting Barcelona, the opportunity was to test their bench strength against a serious challenger. However, the contest ended without any creditable chance, from either side.
Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino said any coach would have taken the same decision as he did after leaving star forwards Lionel Messi and Neymar on the bench for his side`s 0-0 draw away to Atletico Madrid on Saturday.