I hope this isn't true.
It always seems our wheels come off when Rafa decides to rotate or irregulars feature (Portsmouth last year Gerrard, Babel and Torres didn't start), Birmingham 0-0 Torres didn't start, Reading away defeat.
It should be once bitten twice shy.
I understand Riera is playing lots of games, but if we're serious about Premier League being priority number one he should be starting and being brought off, rather than the inevitable bringing on after 60 minutes (this is in the last season mind set mind you) or don't play him against Atletico.
I have faith in Rafa not to fuck it up but if Defoe gets 1 on 1 with Hyypia I think we'll see a red flashed and if Riera starts on the bench we'll be too narrow and their full backs can act as 3rd and 4th centre backs because there will be no width at all.
Hopefully their heads are still rocking from Redknapp leaving but I wish Rafa would just send the best team out, and then if/when we go ahead bring off the players he'd like to rest.
If we don't win tonight, the result against Chelsea was for nothing.
Come on Rafa, don't be soft.