Simeone braced for difficult match against Sporting

first_imgAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is braced for a challenging time against Sporting Lisbon for the return leg of their Europa League tieThe two sides previously met at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano last week for the first leg with Atletico capitalising on two mistakes from the visitors to seal a 2-0 win.Heading into the second leg at Sporting’s Estadio Jose Alvalade, Simeone acknowledges the challenge that the Portuguese side will pose for them.“We’re going to face a team that will give it their all and will count on the support of their fans,” said the Argentine, according to the club website.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“We’ll have to seize control of the match.”The Atletico coach revealed his admiration for his counterpart Jorge Jesus and knows the kind threat the Sporting coach can give his side.“[Jesus] is an important and intelligent coach. He’s going to do everything he can to try and turn this tie around,” said Simeone.The 47 year-old knows that Atletico were fortunate in the first leg: “They’re a very competitive team. They suffered an early goal in the Wanda Metropolitano and in the end of the match, they had chances to score,” he continued. “It’ll be a tough and intense match.”last_img

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