Bernd Leno, goalkeeper, spoke to Arthur Guisasola of AS USA in Orlando, FL, about facing Atletico Madrid for the Champions League.
Bernd Leno, analyzed the future duel against Atlético Madrid.
Q: Two years ago, Atlético Madrid eliminated Bayer Leverkusen during penalties. How are you preparing this time?
A: “We already know a bit Atletico Madrid, but now we are more mature. Atleti is a great team with top level players such as Antoine Griezmann and Saul Ñíguez. We are prepared”.
Q: You mentioned Griezmann and Saul’s level, do you think Atlético has improved since last time?
A: “Atletico is the favorite. The players have improved numerously, but we have also. Two years ago, we fell during penalties and demonstrated we can also compete with Atleti. They have played two finals and are better now, but we will be ready”.
Q: At that Champions League, a goal from Chicharito eliminated Atletico Madrid. Have you talked to him about the effect he could have on this match?
A: “We have talked to Chicharito about Atleti. ‘Chicha’ knows it a bit better. We also hope for a great environment in Madrid because Vicente Calderón’s avocation is very good”.
Wendell Nacimiento Borges, left back player for Bayer also spoke to AS USA about facing Atleti and its high quality players.
Q: Two years ago, Bayer faced Atlético on the Round of 16 in the Champions. How will the match be this time?
A: “It is a very difficult match against a team that has arrived to two Champions finals in three years. They have demonstrated their strength these last years. We know the encounters will be complicated, both in Germany and Spain. We hope have two good matches and have a bit of more luck to advance”.
Q: Are you motivated to face such important strikers as Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro?
A: “Of course. They are dangerous players that score many goals and play with high intensity. We have to be focused because they are of high quality and can define matches. I hope we make a good game”.
Q: Are you excited to reencounter with Filipe Luis?
A: “I had the opportunity to be with Filipe on the last call of the Brazilian League. We came together because Marcelo was injured. I talked to him a lot, speaking how everything works and learning many soccer facts. I admire him so much as a player and he is a person that helped me a lot.
“Yes. I am very happy to reencounter with Filipe and play against him. I could gave him a big hug. He is a player that welcomed and helped me very well within the team. I hope both will great matches, but that we can come as the winners”.