Atletico will play a brilliant football- Simeone

simDiego Simeone has maintained that Athletic Madrid will not take Tuesday’s Champions League game against Zenit St Petersburg lightly as they want to give a good account of themselves.

The Liga outfit sit top of Group G with 12 points from four games and have already secured their place in the last 16.

However, Simeone is requesting that his side reach the high standards they have set this season.

“The main thing is that on the pitch we show the hunger to win and the desire to play classy football,” Simeone said at a press conference.

“It does not matter if we have gone through or not, nor the way we’ve played before. What is important is the game itself, and not what is happening around it.”

Simeone then continued to stress that Atletico Madrid cannot afford to solely concentrate on Hulk as Zenit have more to give than the Brazil international.

“Hulk is not Zenit’s only strong player. Our opponents have a strong attack made up of internationals. Zenit have strong, rapid transition from defence to attack, that could create problems for us.”

Atletico recorded a 3-1 win at the Vicente Calderon in the reverse fixture.

Adeyemi Adesanya

Sports Business Consultant and Football Intermediary; Risk Management & Due Diligence Consultant; Freelance Football writer & Pundit on Radio & TV and Man.Utd Fan

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