The Athletic of Madrid will receive to the FC Barcelona the Sunday with the obligation to add the three points to affirm in the ‘zone Champions’ of the table and recover the hopes to reach the leadership in the second turn. In the wheel of previous prey to the party in the Metropolitan, Diego Simeone left clear that, for them, each crash lives like an authentic ‘final’ and, in front of the Barça, much more.
“Every day in these 11 years face them as if it went it (a final), like this will be also against the Almería. There is not party more important that the one who touches you. In front of the Barcelona play with the team with more mundialistas and a technician that transmits what want to”, commented the Argentinian. In this sense, the míster explained part of the plan of work ‘colchonero’ to try repeat the last result between both in the stadium ‘rojiblanco’ (2-0 in favour of the venues).
“Tomorrow we go to try be still in this line and trying carry the party to where can hurt”, said the ‘Cholo’. For this, the Athletic needs to impose conditions by the bands and cancel to the extremes culés, Raphinha and Ousmane Dembélé, those who will have all the offensive weight blaugrana in his feet in front of the drop by sanction of Robert Lewandowski. The Brazilian Reinildo aims to return to the eleven theSunday , with the doubt if the ‘colchoneros’ keep in shape of three deep down, with Marcos Llorente and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco like carrileros.
In this regard, and on the possibility to explain again with the youngster mediocentro, Pablo Neighbourhoods (19) from the start, Simeone cleared: “Still we do not know who will begin, are working very all. The football is a game and asks you do what see in the trainings, be 20 years old or 35. The personality of each one goes based in the confidence that has each one, if it plays there will be any talk”, argued the Argentinian technician.
Simeone No fía of the Barça
Further of the absence of Lewandowski, the ‘Cholo’ knows that the ones of Xavi Hernández have sufficient tools to do him a lot of damage to his ‘Aleti’, more in a season in which it has had so many defensive problems. “The past year did it very well, begin winning 1-0 and afterwards generated us by out a lot of damage. Have players very important in the one against one. With Raphinha, Dembélé, Ansu Fati, Memphis, Ferran… Any one in the one against one are players very important”, sintetizó Simeone.
Likewise, the trainer was consulted by the weight of the absence of Leo Messi in the Barça. Without the ’10’, the culés fell in his last visit to the Metropolitan, although they attained golear in the second turn in Camp Nou (4-2) in the last precedent in front of the ‘rojiblancos’. “Where was Messi, was in his team or with Argentina, always will be determinant, is normal that when it was there was a possibility to win”, sentenced the ‘Cholo’.