Simeone prime and ready for challenging face-off against RB Salzburg

Tue 08 December 2020 | 20:14

Salzburg needs to defeat Atletico Madrid to qualify for the round 16 and Diego Simeone says that the Champions League confrontation is exemplary.



expects a "brave" Salzburg that proves troublesome against Atletico Madrid in Wednesday's

Champions League


Rojiblancos, Two-times finalists under Simeone, have shared points with their opponents in their last three group stage games, including the 1-1 deadlock by a late Thomas Muller penalty for

Bayern Munich

in their last game. 

Atleti only needs another draw to secure their advance to the knockout stage, however, Simeone knows Jesse Marsch's sweeping team requiring triumph makes them especially risky. 

"This game is a bit like when you play in a knockout game and you're away from home in the second leg," said Simeone, with Atleti having won a thriller between the sides 3-2 at the Wanda Metropolitano in October.

"The opponent always needs to go for the game, they've got a very good side and it will be difficult for us.

"We will try and do them damage; in the first meeting with them there were goals and it might well be similar."

In spite of their differentiating strategic techniques, Simeone is loaded with deference for his opponent Marsch. 

"Salzburg are a brave side with a great coach, who force you into losing possession," he explained.

"They try and break in numbers, at pace and with good football.

"Against Lokomotiv Moscow they were very close to winning, and also they were close to beating Bayern until 80 or so minutes in.

"They're doing a very good job and everyone can see that."

Atletico will again be without Diego Costa yet Simeone announced empowering progress in the striker's recuperation from profound vein apoplexy


"It is better if the doctor explains it," he added. "He is training and it is a good sign.

"From then on we are excited and the doctor will clarify his situation. We will be here waiting for him."

source: SportMob