Diego Simeone warns Bayern of Vicente Calderón cauldron
Atlético Madrid manager has prepared his 'soldiers' for battle
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola: “I have read in Munich that without winning the Champions League, the work would not be complete. I must accept that.” Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters
Diego Simeone admitted his Atlético side face a challenge tonight but has warned Bayern Munich to expect a battle at the Vicente Calderon.
Madrid face Bayern after dispatching Barcelona in the quarter-finals and the Argentinian is eager to test the character of Pep Guardiola’s squad.
“Bayern have many options, but in battles, the side with most soldiers does not win, but those who use their soldiers better,” said the Atlético manager.
His midfielder Saul admitted he could not find any weaknesses in the Bayern team. “They [Bayern] are the most complete side, they have a lot of variety to their game and can attack through the middle or via the wings, and they are strong in the air,” Saul said.
“We will do what we always do; work as a team, fight to the death for every ball, treat the game as though it was a final, that’s the only way we will be able to compete against a top side like Bayern . . .”
Savic, who is in contention to replace the injured Diego Godin in central defence, said: “They have another style totally different from ours, but that’s the beauty of football – it can be played in different ways and all are worthy.
“Everyone wants to win the Champions League, but we must be calm and try to give our best . . .”
Guardiola believes he must win the Champions League for his spell in Germany to be deemed a success. In his first two years, Bayern have suffered semi-final exits to La Liga opposition – losing to Real Madrid in 2013-14 and Barcelona 12 months ago, after first-leg defeats away from home each time.
“Three semis in three years is not something that every team does,” Guardiola said. “I have read in Munich that without winning the Champions League, the work would not be complete. I must accept that.
“But I am very fortunate to have lived and worked three years in Germany. I am a better coach, a better guy, more relaxed, I have enjoyed it a lot.” Guardian Service