“We’re facing one of the best teams in the world in the last 14 games if I’m not mistaken,” said Diego Simeone while referencing Manchester United’s surge in form since sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last November.
“We can see what Manchester United was always like. They’ve evolved since the new manager arrived, they’re already fourth in the league.
“It’s an intense, dynamic team, very brave, with very good forwards, very good footballers overall and who try to make a huge effort to try and unite the huge talents they have in 11 players.”
🗣 "In their last 14 matches, I haven't seen a bad game."— Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 23, 2022
Diego Simeone says we are starting to see the Manchester United that everyone expects pic.twitter.com/HHStoYuELd
The Atletico Madrid boss continued: “It’s going to be a very difficult game, as every Champions League game is.
“But we have a lot of anticipation to play in our stadium in front of our fans and we’re lucky to play the last 16 at home because we couldn’t play that, we couldn’t do that last year.”
Simeone is being a little too nice here. Although we have improved, United are nowhere near winning every competition just yet. Mind games, perhaps?
Ralf Rangnick and co will step into this game after two consecutive wins over Brighton and Leeds.
Given Cristiano Ronaldo’s history at the Wanda Metropolitana, fans are expecting a cracker of a contest between the two sides in the Round of 16 first leg.