Close to thwarting Guardiola’s scathing schemes before surrendering in the first leg of the quarter-finals, Simeone is now betting on the excitement of the Metropolitano Stadium, where Atletico have never lost a Champions League knockout match, to try to expel the 2021 final. The goal: Atletico to reach the C1 semi-finals for the first time in five years.
And even if Atletico are criticized for their hesitant tactics after the first round: this is how the Madridista club reached two Champions League finals (2014, 2016) and won the European League twice (2012, 2018) on Simeone’s orders.
“Maybe not pretty, but it works.“, was summed up by French midfielder Thomas Lemar from Atletico, in an interview with Agence France-Presse on Monday.
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A part (at least 5,000 seats) of the Madrid stadium will be closed on Wednesday on orders from UEFA, which imposed sanctions on the club on Monday due to “discriminatory behaviorSome of the Spanish fans, a video clip published by Spanish sports daily Marca shows the Spanish fans while performing the Nazi salute during the first leg of the Union Stadium.
– “outrun us“-
However, the can (68,000 places in normal times) is supposed to boil on Wednesday evening in Madrid, where City and “athletes“They are preparing for a tough and fiery match.
between the two rounds,”CitizensAnd he added, “The qualifiers for the finals of the last edition, were stopped against Liverpool 2-2 in a duel at the top of the English Premier League on Sunday, while”mattressesSurprised 1-0 in a rising arrival from La Liga, in Mallorca, on Saturday.
Perhaps everyone has put in their minds was not reunited, where Atletico must remain loyal to the defense of the pyramid in the first leg and monitor counter-attack in the wake of Antoine Jerizman.
“They played with two lines of five!“Guardiola commented after the narrow success in the first leg.”In prehistoric times, today or 100,000 years from now, an attack against two out of five lines would always be very difficult.”
Known for his boundless drive and ability to unite his group around him, Diego Simeone will once again have to touch his players with their pride to pass on his thirst for victory.
“He does not need to give us advice (regarding the mental aspect, editor’s note). Speaking and his way of speaking and candidness allow us to excellence ourselves‘,” summed up Thomas Lemar on Monday.
– In the past, 2016 –
The French atmosphere is reminiscent of the aggressiveness of the former Argentine international environment.
“Do you know the player? Well, it gives a picture of Atletico now. It bitchy team is present in every ball and does not want to lose in games or in training … That’s what he wants to transfer it to us not to rest on our laurels.Lemar support.
Specializing in spectacular comebacks, Atlético has often been able to find resources in matches that have started poorly this season in La Liga: against Valencia in January (3-2), against Getafe in February (4-3) …
If they need a reference, the “Rojiblancos“You can look in the rearview mirror: in 2016, in the quarter-finals of the Champions League against Barcelona de la”MSN“Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez and heir Guardiola and European champions”mattresses“We tended to go… 2-1 before winning 2-0 to get back up in the semi-finals (they would eventually lose in the final 1-1, 5-3 to Real Madrid).
Same stage of the same competition, same away setback in the first leg, same feeling of impossibility…and same result, Wednesday?
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