Atlético will kick off the second half of the season tomorrow and hope to continue their unbeaten streak in a tough game against Sevilla. The last few weeks have been busy for Cholo’s men with mid-week Copa clashes against Valencia and the joint league leaders Barcelona. The players’ physical abilities will be tested tomorrow at 21:00 CET at the Vicente Calderón.
Games against Sevilla have always been special for Atlético fans. The rivalry between the fans made the atmosphere electric for the past years which reflected to the players’ attitude on the pitch. Last season we saw a 4-0 scoreline at home and let’s hope to see that kind of game again this season.
Atlético are in third place right now since Real Madrid won against Betis on Saturday. We have the chance to jump over them again tomorrow though, so this is a much needed win for the Rojiblancos.
Miranda spoke to the press on Friday: “This Sevilla is much stronger and we’ll have a difficult match for sure.” He continued with Simeone’s well teached words. “We’re thinking game by game that we always have to win and we’ll definity keep on going until the end.”
Raúl got praised for his hard work by the Brazilian. “He’s always there when the team needs him, fighting for a spot with Villa, who we need as well. No matter who plays, it’s important to have a strong team.”
The central defender also had nice words for the fans, praising the great atmosphere at home which has been the foundation of our fantastic record at the Vicente Calderón. “We need to win all home games to fight for the La Liga title.”
Cholo was asked about his thoughts of the second La Liga round and once again referred to his partido a partido philosophy. “The second round of La Liga is always more difficult than the first, because in the first, a lot of teams want to play and don’t think much about collecting points. We hope to continue like we did before.”
Praising Emery’s work for Sevilla our God said: “He created a more solid team who defend better. They play more direct which makes them more dangerous. It will be a complicated match.”
Asked about the player’s fitness, Cholo said “They had 5 days to recover. We hope they’ll play with the same intention and intensity as before.
Simeone also praised Raúl Garcia once more. “He’s an example we have at home. He playes in la Copa, Liga or friendlies and he scores. He can play in midfield, with three in midfield, as a lone striker and he always lives up to expectations. He’s having a great season and is very important for the team.”
Tiago didn’t make the squad selection for tomorrow. The Argentine tactician didn’t want to take unnecessary risks and will leave him out of the team. He hopes to have the Portuguse midfielder at his disposal for Thursday’s Copa game against Athletic Bilbao. The most likely replacement will be one of Guilavogui or Koke. The latter trained next to our captain Gabi in the final training session so he’s more likely to take the spot.
Mario Suárez was also left out the match selection and is still recovering from his injury. Insúa and Giménez are left out due to tactical reasons.
The Beast of the Manzanares, Diego Costa, hasn’t found the back of the net in 2014 yet and will be looking to end his scoreless streak tomorrow.
Atlético match selection:
Goalkeepers: Aranzubia, Courtois
Defenders: Godín, Filipe Luís, Alderweireld, Manquillo, Juanfran, Miranda
Midfielders: Koke, Raúl García, Arda, Cebolla, Gabi, Guilavogui, Óliver, Sosa
Forwards: Adrián, Villa, Diego Costa