Atltico – Porto (X / 21.00)
The rojiblancos return to the Champions League with out Savic, suspended with 4 video games for his crimson card towards Chelsea. “We have a complete squad”, Gimnez relativizes the absence
The deluge gave Atltico a truce, which accomplished its final coaching session on the Wanda Metropolitano earlier than the Champions League debut towards Porto. In idea, the rival with much less title the opposite two threats of the group: Liverpool and AC Milan. Nonetheless, final season they signed one of many bombings of the competitors by pushing Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus out of the way in which, after an intense extension, regardless of enjoying at an obstacle for greater than an hour. “From Sergio [Conceiao] I didn’t expect him to be a coach. He was my friend when we played for Lazio. He is a hard head and transmits a lot of energy, “says Diego Simeone, referring to his counterpart within the Portuguese group, from the pulpit of the rojiblanco enclosure, which this Wednesday comes again to life in Europe. The final reminiscence was that match of eighths on the finish, on February 18, 2020, weeks earlier than the Covid explosion, through which Sal knocked Liverpool down within the first spherical.
Since then many issues have occurred. For instance, that the Atlético has one other League title and has left that transition behind. “I focus on the competition, which is very tough and any mistake pays. You have to adjust everything you can and then what comes later will come,” argued the Argentine technician concerning the position of champion of his nation with him. that lands this course his group.
And it has additionally occurred that Simeone, that the Attic, has one of many largest offensive arsenals in reminiscence. That, with the signing on the final minute of Griezmann and the hiring of the Brazilian Cunha, the aim shouldn’t be a headache. “I was judged from the first day I arrived and I am going to be judged now. I want the club and the team to win. I will do what I believe best,” replied Cholo, who claimed to proceed deciding the line-ups as he has at all times carried out. regardless of the variety of names it now handles. Reflecting till the morning of the duel. “It does not matter what template we have.”
A type of names is Griezmann, whose final journey within the Champions League as rojiblanco was on that fateful evening in Flip, the place the Atltico was buried by Cristiano Ronaldo (3-0), after astonishing within the first leg (2-0). That image led to Antoine’s subsequent farewell. “What we want from Griezmann is for him to be the footballer he always was. With goal and hierarchy. We will have to work on him and be prepared when he touches him,” confused the Argentine, promoter of the return of the French to his self-discipline.
In entrance of Porto not be Stefan savic, now the fourth captain of the group, who begins a harsh four-game penalty for that expulsion at Stamford Bridge. An absence that requires retouching the defensive position and permits Felipe to reconnect with a few of his former teammates. “We need Stefan every game, but we have a very complete squad and I will do it in the best possible way so that it goes well,” he acknowledged emphatically. Gimnez, substitute towards Espanyol for his worldwide match with Uruguay and contemporary for the return to the Champions League.
The summer time gave the Metropolitan a slip whereas Simeone plunged again into the Champions League. That thorn that doesn’t end eradicating, already method to fulfill a decade within the Atltico. Though this yr he has extra arguments than regular to shout loudly in Europe once more.