Saturday, 21 May 2016

Simeone expects Real Madrid to be cautious in '50-50' final

Atletico will meet their city neighbours in the European Cup final for the second time in three years, and their Argentine boss is wary of Zinedine Zidane's counter-attacking team.Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone believes Real Madrid will look to defend and hit his side on the break in a Champions League final that is "50-50".

Simeone's team saw off Bayern Munich in the semi-finals, while their arch-rivals beat Manchester City to set up a repeat of the 2013-14 showpiece in Lisbon, which Los Merengues won 4-1 in extra-time.
Madrid employed safety-first tactics to defeat City 1-0 over two legs, and Simeone expects more of the same at San Siro next week.
"I expect Madrid to approach the game like they did the tie with Manchester City. I think they will be cautious," the Argentinian told reporters on Saturday.

"Casemiro gives them defensive strength. They will play on the counter-attack, like they have been doing in every game in the Champions League. Madrid were very strong tactically against City and they will put in a similar performance.
"We have a different style altogether. It's fantastic. Our style is something new. We will play our own game and I think it will be an intense game. I respect everyone's opinion about our style and criticism can help you improve.
"We are trying to get the most out of our players with our style, that is all that matters.