Atleti can turn around fortunes against Lokomotiv Moscow, says Simeone

By Sports Desk December 10, 2019

Diego Simeone insists his Atletico Madrid side are capable of turning around their torrid form to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League.

Atleti face Lokomotiv Moscow at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday knowing all three points will be enough to see them progress from Group D alongside Juventus, who have already booked their spot in the knockout stages.

Simeone's side go into the match on the back of a run of just one win in their last eight games across all competitions, but the Argentinian has full faith in his players' ability to reverse their fortunes.

"I believe in my team," he told a media conference. "I believe in the players and in these difficult moments they are continuing behind the same philosophy. It makes me optimistic and positive.

"The results show our reality and we have the challenge of reversing it. I believe in the team from what I see because they work hard. They are showing me what I want to see, and the results will come accordingly.

"We are not preparing differently. Playing for Atletico is always important. We need to be calm and that will give us personality. It is an opportunity to be together."

Goalkeeper Jan Oblak says he is not concerned by Atleti's poor form, insisting they are on the right track towards positive results.

"We feel good, we are doing the same things and we want to win," he said. "In the last matches we have improved but we have not won. We did our best to win. 

"We have had some bad luck but that is going to change, and we will all be happier. We win and lose together; no need to worry about that. We had some bad luck and things did not go as we wanted.

"We will enter the game as we should and with the maximum intensity and desire to win."

Related items

  • Real Madrid drawn at Zaragoza, Copa holders Valencia visit Cultural Real Madrid drawn at Zaragoza, Copa holders Valencia visit Cultural

    Real Madrid must again overcome lower-league opposition in the Copa del Rey last 16, while holders Valencia go to giant-killers Cultural Leonesa.

    Zinedine Zidane's Madrid survived a scare against Unionistas de Salamanca in the previous round, and they will this time visit Real Zaragoza, who are fourth in LaLiga 2.

    Barcelona were also tested by minnows in the previous round, scraping past Ibiza, but they have the benefit of a home fixture as they bid to reach the quarter-finals.

    With LaLiga sides kept apart where possible, the Blaugrana were selected in one of just two ties solely involving top-tier teams.

    They will face Leganes at Camp Nou while the majority of their LaLiga rivals are away from home.

    Segunda B side Cultural defeated Atletico Madrid in extra-time on Thursday, and their reward is a meeting with Valencia, who beat Barca in last season's final.

    Badajoz, the only other third-tier side remaining in the competition, also have LaLiga opposition in the form of Granada.

    The second all-LaLiga tie saw Real Sociedad drawn at home to Osasuna.


    Copa del Rey last-16 draw in full:

    Badajoz v Granada
    Cultural Leonesa v Valencia
    Tenerife v Athletic Bilbao
    Real Zaragoza v Real Madrid
    Mirandes v Sevilla
    Rayo Vallecano v Villarreal
    Barcelona v Leganes
    Real Sociedad v Osasuna

  • A-League: Le Fondre on target as leaders Sydney win again A-League: Le Fondre on target as leaders Sydney win again

    Adam le Fondre pulled clear at the top of the A-League scoring charts with his 14th goal of the season in a dominant 3-0 Sydney FC win at Melbourne Victory.

    Le Fondre, previously tied with Jamie Maclaren on 13, applied a close-range finish shortly before the half-hour mark to open the scoring and tee up a simple Sydney victory.

    The league leaders are now 11 points clear having added to their advantage in the second half.

    Kosta Barbarouses, Le Fondre's strike partner, doubled Sydney's lead, before Alexander Baumjohann made it 3-0 with his first goal for the club.

    However, both sides ended with 10 men, as Leigh Broxham, already on a booking, brought down Baumjohann, who lashed out and was shown a straight red card.

    Earlier in the day, Wellington Phoenix edged past basement side Newcastle Jets 2-1 at Sky Stadium.

    Newcastle peppered the home goal with 28 attempts but could find no way through before substitute Jaushua Sotirio netted for Phoenix with his first touch after 53 minutes.

    A Jets goal finally arrived 13 minutes later through Abdiel Arroyo, yet Wellington's response was swift, Ulises Davila - the creator of the opener - striking to clinch the points.

  • Brighton make Mooy deal permanent Brighton make Mooy deal permanent

    Brighton and Hove Albion have confirmed the permanent signing of on-loan midfielder Aaron Mooy.

    Mooy has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal at the Amex Stadium for a reported fee of £5million after impressing following on a temporary move from Huddersfield Town.

    Brighton head coach Graham Potter has been pleased with the Australia international's integration on the south coast and was eager to keep him at the club.

    He said: "We are delighted to have agreed a permanent deal with Aaron and Huddersfield. He’s been an important player for us and will have a key part to play going forward. 

    "We knew what Aaron would bring, and he’s proved to be an excellent addition to our squad and a great professional both on and off the pitch.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.