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Atlético against Liverpool’s total football

By antagonists, Diego Pablo Simeone and Jürgen Klopp have taken the duel of this marres in the Metropolitano (21.00, Movistar Champions League) as a great challenge that will test their ability to respond to counteract each other. The Atlético coach introduced Liverpool as one of the three European teams leading the vanguard of the new football. An offensive game and pressure machine that averages three goals per game. “I think Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are going through a fantastic period of play. Watching all three play with different characteristics and rhythms gives pleasure. Liverpool is a short team from line to line, they have mobility, speed, are forceful in the area, face one-on-one duels, leave spaces without fear behind the defense and are dangerous on the counterattack ”, enthusiastically described Simeone the total football proposed by Klopp.

The rojiblanco coach is facing one of those rivals who usually force him to think about several games in one, but if he has something clear it is “that you have to match the intensity of the game.” The size of the rival has also led Simeone to make a new claim to the fans. “The expectation is a great game, full of our people and with red and white jerseys. That previous game [1-0 en los octavos de 2020] We started to win it before the match, because the people were very important to transmit those energies and they will remember it because it was a great night ”, proclaims the Argentine coach.

Giménez’s doubt, which will be resolved this morning in a short training session, keeps a multitude of combinations open to make the eleven. Without the Uruguayan, the tests have placed Kondogbia as the third center-back. And with Giménez among the starters, the team that makes up Simeone is even open to João Félix playing a false nine and forming a midfield with De Paul, Koke, Lemar and the aforementioned Kondogbia.

The memory of the round of 16 clash two seasons ago is also very latent in Klopp. The German coach did not digest the elimination at Anfield (2-3) well and reproached Atlético for his style. “What I said after the second game I said because I was pissed off and disappointed by many things. Things were so bad and we had to focus on football anyway, playing against a rival full of first-class players who defended themselves with everything they had, “Klopp apologized on Monday, referring to the fact that the game was played when the pandemic was already a reality. “For this reason I said what I said,” he continued; “Look, Simeone has done everything right. He has made Atlético champion of the League, he has been very successful. He has been able to integrate a group of top-level players to fight as if their life depended on them. That says a lot about Diego’s quality ”.

Klopp focused part of his appearance on speaking about his rojiblanco colleague. “I have a lot of respect for what he does. I like it? Not much. The important thing is to be successful and they have achieved a machine to obtain results. Now they have changed the system and brought in new players who have improved them, “he said before warning:” The games against them are real football struggles. It is the great challenge of European football: to face Atlético in the Wanda. By the way, they love to project that image! And I like it ”, closed the German.

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