Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone has said that his side will not be fazed by the big names in Real Madrid when the two sides meet in the UEFA Champions League tonight.
Simeone had spoken of his respect for Real’s star power, but is confident of his side qualifying.
“It is true that in several places in the field they have more individual talent than we have, but I think in knock-out competition, that is neutralised” he told reporters. “My players have different characteristics, different styles and each has something that makes the team better.
“Real Madrid’s players are extraordinary. I have great respect for their technical quality and the ability of their football. Luka Modric’s return will boost a team that already has great potential. The presence of Modric gives them new aggression and that will generate more presence in midfield. Something decisive.
“We find a great rival in a great form in the league and walking strong in the Champions League.”