Atletico Madrid had been broadly criticised for his or her ultra-defensive efficiency within the first leg.© AFP
Diego Simeone has referred to as for critics of Atletico Madrid’s type of play to point out extra respect forward of the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final in opposition to Manchester City on Wednesday. Atletico had been broadly lambasted for his or her ultra-defensive efficiency on the Etihad Stadium final week, when Simeone’s workforce did not muster a single shot as City claimed a deserved 1-0 victory.
“Since I started coaching in 2005, if I’m not mistaken I have never criticised a colleague of mine. Never,” Simeone stated in a press convention on Tuesday.
“I believe there are different ways of playing to get what you want from each match but when somebody criticises a colleague, I don’t get involved.
“As my father used to say, ‘the mouth kills the fish’. There are a number of methods to play, I select one, however it’s important to respect your colleagues. Always, all the time, all the time.”
City’s dominance in the first leg failed to translate into a convincing lead, with only Kevin de Bruyne’s late strike preventing Atletico from returning to Madrid with a clean sheet.
Atletico will be hoping to upset the odds in front of their own fans at the Wanda Metropolitano and reach their first Champions League semi since 2017.
“What we had been in a position to get from the primary leg with that result’s hope,” Simeone stated.
“We’re not going to stray too removed from we do finest. Hopefully we will mix higher, have faster transitions, counter-attacks, and our key gamers can have incredible nights. From there will probably be about moments. Anything can occur.”
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