Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has defended his side’s style after criticism following the draw with Leganes at the weekend.
The Wanda Metropolitano side approach Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Dortmund as underdogs after a patchy run of form, including a return fixture against the Germans which ended in defeat, 4-0.
A laboured 1-1 draw with Leganes at the weekend has seen preparations not start well and critique has been labelled at the Argentine coach for not changing his style of play.
The former midfielder, turned coach, has now reacted – discussing the success his side have had over the last seven years.
“Football is marvellous and there are countless ways to play and to win. You have to choose one and we believe in ours because of our players’ attributes. In seven years, we haven’t done much wrong,” Simeone told a news conference ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with Dortmund.
“Dortmund are one of the best sides in Europe at the moment – that’s why they’re top of the Bundesliga and unbeaten in the league and Champions League. They play spectacular football and if they keep it up, they’ve got a real chance of ending the season as champions in Germany.
“They were forceful [in the first match], vertical and counter-attacked perfectly. We have to congratulate them. We did good things but could not get the win.
Tuesday’s clash promises to be a superb one…
Two weeks ago, Dortmund surprised a few at the Westfalenstadion, putting four past La Liga’s best defence, keeping a clean sheet in the process.
Los Rojiblancos have conceded just six goals in La Liga so far this season and such result was inconceivable pre-match.
With three wins from three, Lucien Favre’s side currently occupies first place in group A, and are yet to concede a goal.
Atleti are not far behind, sitting in 2nd place after victories over both AS Monaco and Club Brugge.
If Simeone’s men can overcome a Dortmund side who may be the competitions dark horse, they would remain in second but join BVB on nine points.
With both Monaco and Club Brugge, both struggling so far, defeat wouldn’t be too damaging for the home side.