Atletico Don’t Play Ugly Football – Filipe Luis
Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis has rejected the notion that the team plays a negative brand of football.
Atletico defended for most of their UEFA Champions League matches against Barcelona and Bayern Munich, breaking away to get vital goals that helped them to the final. The team and manager Diego Simeone have been constantly criticized by football fans and media for their style of football, but Filipe Luis believes the team doesn’t deserve the criticism it gets.
“Obviously it is much more beautiful to look at teams who play with the ball and take the initiative, like Barcelona and Bayern,” the Brazil international told Globo. “I like to see these two play, everyone does. But think about it from the other side. When you play against Barcelona, you have to put two defenders on Neymar and two on Messi.”
“Having done that, once you have the ball you will no longer be as setup to take control, so you have to play on the counterattack. It’s ugly play on the break? No, it’s a way to win the game. Anyone who understands and loves football likes to see Atletico Madrid play, to see the team playing with such intensity, everyone running and being supportive of one another.”
Atletico lost in the final to Real Madrid 2 years ago, but Filipe Luis said though it still hurt, the team wasn’t thinking about revenge.
“I spent several days thinking about the end of that match, unable to sleep,” he added. “[But] I do not consider this a chance for revenge, because most of the players who were in that final are not there today. I consider a new opportunity that life is giving to us a new chance to win this trophy. It is against Real Madrid, but could be against any other team. We can write our names in the history of football, and that is the philosophy we will take onto the field in the final.”