Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone expects that the Spanish giants will face a tough time against Bayern Munich even as his side managed to defeat last season’s Champions League winners Barcelona.
Bayern will travel to face a disciplined Atletico team that has beaten Barca by 2-0 to win 3-2 on aggregate in the quarter finals. Additionally, Atletico had managed to keep a clean sheet in 13 of its last 15 Champions League home games.
“I’m expecting a hard match against an opponent with a lot of attacking potential, against a coach who changes from game to game,” Simeone said of Bayern and their manager, Pep Guardiola.
“Bayern have many options, but in battles, the side with most soldiers does not win, but those who use their soldiers better,” he added.
On the other hand, Guardiola is convinced that he has to win the Champions League in order to make his time in charge of Bayern a success. The Bundesliga champions suffered exits twice in the semi-finals during the last two seasons, first against Real Madrid and then against Guardiola’s own former team, Barcelona.
The team had suffered first-leg defeats on visits on both occasion.
“Three semis in three years is not something that every team does,” Guardiola said. “I have read in Munich that without winning the Champions League, the work would not be complete. I must accept that.”
“But I am very fortunate to have lived and worked three years in Germany,” he added. “We will try and reach the final, as we did against Madrid and Barcelona, and now this year against Atletico.”
Nonetheless, both teams would enter the match without key players. Atletico had lost center-back Diego Godin to a hamstring injury, while Bayern Munich will play without Arjen Robben, who suffers from a thigh injury.
But Atletico could now start with Fernando Torres after the striker was sent off during the first-leg against Barcelona, just as Bayern welcomes Jerome Boateng who had been out for three months due to a groin injury.
Atletico Madrid – 0,
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