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By April 10, 2020
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    "It is a bit strange behind closed doors, but we are professions and we will do things in the best way so that the fans can watch a beautiful game on TV," Carrasco, who is back on loan at Atletico from Chinese side Dalian Professional, said.

    Atletico have not played since sensationally eliminating Champions League holders Liverpool in the last 16 of the competition in March.

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