Back in January, Roger Schmidt and Kevin Kampl spoke to Arthur Guisasola of AS USA in Orlando, FL. Both had similar opinions on Simeone’s team this year.
Atlético de Madrid will face Bayer Leverkusen again in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League after two years. Such play off ended with the overall score of 1-1 and the Rojiblancos advanced on the penalty shootout.
“The playoff two years ago was tough. We had a bit of bad luck because we lost the penalties”, said Roger Schmidt, Bayer’s coach to AS USA. “But we know that it is possible to beat Atlético Madrid”.
Schmidt recognizes that it will be difficult to beat Cholo’s team, although not impossible.
“They have been at the Final (Champions League) twice in the last three years, so it will be complicated for us”, he said. “But we believe in our possibilities and will try to come out as the winners”.
The majority of the Atleti players that played Leverkusen two years ago are still on the team, but there are a lot of new faces.
“Gameiro, Gaitán and Carrasco are new and they are quality players”, explained Bayer’s coach. “I think that the team is stronger than the last time we faced it”.
Kevin Kampl, Bayer Leverkusen’s midfielder, also spoke to Arthur Guisasola of AS USA and analyzed the future duel against Atlético Madrid.
“It will be a very tough playoff”, he said. “But I trust in our options of advancing”.
On the 2016/17 Season, both Atlético and Bayer have been a bit off, but Kampl highlighted that his team has chances of advancing to the Quarter Finals.
“This year’s Atlético is not the same as last year’s. We have also had our issues on the first half of the Season”, continued, “But if we work well, we will have the possibility to eliminate Atleti”
Kampl believes both teams have a similar style, but trusts on Roger Schmidt’s tactical approach.
“Atlético’s style is similar to ours, this is why both matches will be complicated”, continued, “Our strength is the pressure we put in. We always try to pressure the rival to recuperate the ball faster on midfield and create dangerous occasions”.
The born in Germany but internationally with Slovenia was not with Bayer on the last playoff against Cholo’s team, but awaits that the results will be different this time: “I hope the best team wins and that the best one is us”.