Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone ‘We need to show we are the best team in the group’ [divider]
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has urged his players to show that they are the best team in Champions League Group A when they face Malmo at the Malmo New Stadium.
“In pre-season we really worked on our attacking combinations, using many players and mixtures,” Simeone said.
“Consequently, this term we have plenty of options whereas last year we relied on [Diego] Costa and Koke. This year we have many more players that can have an impact offensively, more players know each other.
“We are happy to hear Åge Hareide say we’re the best team in the group, we appreciate that. And tomorrow we want to show that he is right.
“But I know that Malmö need the win and will fight for the points. They have good players and will give us a big test. It is a tough group. It is important not to underestimate anyone and whatever happens tomorrow it will not be over.”
Turkish international midfielder Arda Turan is expected to start against Malmo.
Turan has been one of Turan’s best performing players in the Champions League this season and has one goal and an assist for the Rojiblancos.
The 27-year-old provided an assist in Atletico’s 5-0 win over Malmo on Match Day 3.
The La Liga champions are second in Group A, level on six points with first place Olympiakos.
Malmö: Olsen; Tinnerholm, Helander, Johansson, Ricardinho; Eriksson, Halsti, Adu; Forsberg, Kiese Thelin, Rosenberg.
Atlético: Moyà; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Siqueira; Gabi, Mario Suárez, Koke; Arda Turan, Griezmann, Mandžukić.