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Simeone full of respect for their Segunda B opponent in Copa del Ray

Tue 05 January 2021 | 16:49

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone has been talking with the press in front of their Copa del Rey face-off against Segunda División B side Cornella tomorrow night

Cornella

defeated CD Marino in the first round to make sure about their marvelous tie against

Atletico

, welcoming them at home, Camp Municipal de Cornella. 

The club are located in Catalonia, Barcelona and as of now sit seventh in Group A of Group 3 in Segunda B. 

Atletico, notwithstanding, right now lead La Liga, two points away from traditional city rival Real Madrid with two games close by. 

Los Rojiblancos however, were eliminated from the

Copa del Rey

by another

Segunda B

team, Cultural Leonesa, last season, so will be careful about the danger conveyed by Cornella and prevent another giant-killing. 

Simeone made it clear in his pre-match remarks that he realized his side were set to confront an exceptionally energetic opponent who'd be not able to outrun Atletico regarding skills however may give Los Rojiblancos a headache as far as their responsibility and fierceness goes. 

“They haven’t competed for three weeks, so they’ll be excited to play,” Simeone said to Marca. “I’ve read about how they’re preparing for the game, the ambition they’re showing to win it.

“They play with an orderly 4-4-2 system normally and perform competitively in every game, I can’t imagine any situation other than this [tomorrow]. We’ve prepared for the game.”

The 50-year-old Argentinian likewise talked about his fondness for the Copa del Rey, a tournament he's won as an Atletico player, in 1996, and as a head coach, in 2013.

“The Copa del Rey, as I have always said, is difficult,” he continued. “We always seek to give our best as much as we can while retaining our balance.

“Last season we lost to a team from the Segunda even though we were giving our best, and hopefully this season will give us the opportunity to go as far as possible. It’s a beautiful competition, and if the fans could return in time for the final it would be wonderful.”

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