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Ernesto Valverde says it would be premature to rush Ousmane Dembele back for El Clasico despite his return to training with Barcelona.
Diego Simeone credited his substitutes for providing the spark that allowed Atletico Madrid to edge Alaves 1-0 on Saturday.
Struggling Sime Vrsaljko delivered a commanding performance in defence and Fernando Torres ended his goal drought as Atletico eked past Alaves 1-0.
Fernando Torres scored the only goal of a 1-0 victory over Alaves as Atletico Madrid took advantage of Valencia's slip-up.
Fernando Torres' first goal in La Liga this season gave Atletico Madrid a hard-fought 1-0 win over Alaves on Saturday and lifted the club into second.
Dembele has not played since rupturing a tendon against Getafe in September, initially ruling him out for four months.