Huge challenge ahead of him
Atlético de Madrid
. Those of Diego Pablo Simeone the quarterfinals of the Champions League this same Wednesday, in a return match against Chelsea in which they will start with the disadvantage of 0-1 in the first leg.
The clash disputed in Bucharest it was really frustrating for the rojiblancos. It will be necessary to change the face completely if the mattress team wants to pass. To begin with, it will be a full-fledged challenge, because the result of the first leg requires that the Athletic Achieve something that no one has yet achieved.
And it is that, since Thomas tuchel took over the London team, they have not lost a single game. And they are already 12 to become the best team, defensively, in English football. The balance is tremendous, only in two games has the rival of the Athletic to score goals. Nine wins and three draws.
And it is not that he has faced precisely small rivals. In this section he has knocked down teams like him Liverpool (in Anfield) or the Tottenham, obviously also to the team of Simeone; or has drawn against him Manchester
When looking only at home games, Chelsea played five times with Tuchel in Stamford, and have yet to concede a goal, registering three wins and two draws, one against the Wolves in his debut and another against him Manchester United.
But come on, the difficulty involved in playing against the London team has already been seen by the Athletic on the way out, where those of Tuchel they were better and they took the game.
In the changing room of the Athletic arms are not lowered. It is not said. “Seeing the work of the team, the implication for the moment in which we are, I feel good, I trust the team we have,” he explained Simeone at the foot of the field after the defeat of the first leg. “We have to raise our heads, we have games in the league before the return leg, we have to prepare, be strong, improve and match by match, when it is our turn. Champions traced. I am convinced that it is possible ”, he affirmed Jan
Another locker room heavyweight like Luis Suarez it was in the same line. “We will fight until the end because there are 90 minutes or more left to show that we want to continue in this competition,” said the Uruguayan.
THE SPIRIT OF STAMFORD BRIDGE
The Atlético de Madrid you already know what it’s like to win in that stadium. Did it with Simeone as a coach in 2014. And that is the spirit that is appealed to in the mattress team, although of that squad there are only left in the team Gimenez, Saúl Y Koke. And only the Vallecano was a starter and had minutes in that clash.
But how to forget it? It is one of the most magical matches of the It was
Simeone, which allowed the rojiblanco team to sneak into the final of the Champions League of Lisbon. That Athletic traveled to London after the 0-0 first leg against him Chelsea, at Calderon. The matter seemed settled for the mattresses when Fernando
towers opened the scoring at 35 minutes.
The ‘Little boy‘Out of respect for the team of his heart, he did not celebrate it. The Chelsea trained by Mourinho and with a constellation of stars like Terry, David Luiz, Cole, Ramires, William, Hazard... Own towers; it seemed immeasurable.
However, those of the Cholo they scored a great game and turned it around. First with a goal from Adrián to pass from Juanfran, shortly before the break. And in the second half, with goals from Coast from a penalty and later, in the 71st minute, from Burn