The present Juve star has scored loads of targets towards Atletico however their coach is extra involved with the harm his males can dish out
Ronaldo accomplished a shock €112million change to Juve in July, having received 4 Champions League titles with Actual Madrid and grow to be the LaLiga giants’ all-time prime scorer.
The five-time Ballon d’Or recipient netted 22 instances in Madrid derbies however, talking at a pre-match information convention, Atletico head coach Simeone was extra inclined to deal with his personal enviable batch of expertise.
“He decided to vary and has picked an enormous problem in going to Juventus,” Simeone mentioned.
“However we’re considering as a substitute about [Antoine] Griezmann, [Alvaro] Morata, [Diego] Costa, Koke, Saul [Niguez]…
“They’re excited and really eager to play sport.
“I really feel enthusiastic about being within the Champions League, which is such a pleasant competitors, towards an opponent as highly effective as this.
“After not making it this far final 12 months, we wish to develop as a membership and a staff.”
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) February 19, 2019
Atleti made essentially the most of dropping all the way down to the Europa League after final season’s group phases, occurring to win Europe’s secondary membership competitors.
They have been overwhelmed within the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals by Madrid, in additional time and on penalties respectively.
Juventus have additionally endured related close to misses within the trendy period, arising quick within the 2015 and 2017 showpieces.
“That is the final 16 and there isn’t any trophy at this stage,” Simeone mentioned.
“We face a robust and robust opponent and a coach who has been at his membership for a few years, the identical as is the case right here.
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“They’ve gamers of nice high quality and standing. We now have instruments as properly to take the sport the place we wish to.
“Each these groups have a 50 p.c probability. Neither aspect has a better benefit than the opposite.”
Diego Costa isn’t able to play 90 minutes, in response to Simeone, having just lately returned from foot surgical procedure, whereas Koke (thigh) shall be assessed.