Champions League Battle: Madrid Are Dangerous But We Are Focused – Diego Simeone

Diego Simone, Atletico Madrid Manager. Photo : Getty Images

Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone believes his city rivals, Real Madrid are a dangerous side but insists his team are focused on edging out the European king in the quarter final of the UEFA Champions League.

Simeone who noted that there is no pressure on his team heading into the second leg of the clash with Real, said this is what Atleti wants and are ready to play for.

Atleti held Carlo Ancelotti’s men to a goalless draw in the Vicente Calderon in the first leg and are looking to avoid defeat against them for the eighth time this season when they meet at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

And Simeone who feels his team have a “responsibility” heading into the clash, says his team will be looking for ways to hurt their greatest football enemies.


“We have no pressure, we have a responsibility because the team has become competitive and is playing well, but pressure is something else,” he told reporters.

“This game is exciting, these nights of football may never return. We live it, we play it, the best football comes in these situations.

“I’m more interested in how we can hurt them, and am not thinking about Madrid’s injuries to Luka Modric and Gareth Bale.

“The replacements – who have spent a long time on the bench for Madrid – are also dangerous.

“We are focused on our preparation, we are only thinking about ourselves.

“The intensity of the first leg was of the best we have seen this season. It was a direct game and that is what is expected from one of the best teams in the world.”

There remains some uncertainty over the fitness of Mario Mandzukic, but the Argentine hopes the Croatia striker can feature alongside Antoine Griezmann.

“He trained well yesterday. Let’s see how he feels in Tuesday’s session. We hope he will be okay to play. All of my players want to play and it won’t be easy to choose the starting line-up. I have an idea of who will play and they will be the first to know.

“We have great players in defence and I have the problem of selecting the right players for the right game.”

SEE ALSO: War In Madrid! Benzema, Bale, Modric And Marcelo To Miss Out Of Action For Real In Champions League Q/Final 2nd Leg



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