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Simeone believes Juventus are favourites to progress

Simeone believes Juventus are favourites to progress

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has said that his side are not favourites in tonight’s Champions League clash with Juventus.

Two weeks ago, Simeone’s side were excellent as they secured a 2-0 first leg win over Juve at the Wanda Metropolitano thanks to goals from Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin.

But, the threat Juve pose at their home stadium, where they have dropped points in just three games all season in all competitions – is going to hand Simeone and his side a stern test.

The Serie A side have a mountain to climb but Atleti will know that an early goal from the home side could spur them on and with Cristiano Ronaldo in their side, anything could happen.

Atleti have been weak away from home this term, winning just seven games in all competitions, but their resilient defensive work across the starting eleven is what sees them wins games.

Despite winning the first leg by two goals to nil, Simeone has said that his side are still the underdogs.

“These are two strong teams, one will go through and the other won’t but it’s hard to talk about there being favourites,” Simeone told his pre-match press conference.

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“I think whenever it’s a knockout round like this between two such important clubs, both treat it like two halves of one match.

“The first leg is one moment; the second leg is another. Everyone tries to prepare and organise, but football is about details that cannot be explained or predicted and that’s what makes this sport fantastic. We can talk about it as much as we like, but it won’t make much difference.”

For Atleti, Simeone does not have Filipe Luis or Lucas Hernandez so it is expected that Juanfran will play out of position.

Thomas Partey and Diego Costa are both ruled out through suspension so in the latter’s case – Alvaro Morata and Antoine Griezmann will play up front together.

Jose Gimenez, Angel Correa and Griezmann are all one yellow card away from a suspension.