Without the sensations of an authoritarian team that it transmitted in the first half of the course, Atlético will appear this Wednesday (9:00 p.m., Movistar Champions League) before the challenge of overcoming the 0-1 that Chelsea endorsed in the first leg of the round of 16 disputed in Bucharest. In exile from the Romanian capital, despite serving as a local, Atlético chose to defend almost the entire match on their own ground, waiting for counterattacks that their players could not execute. A speculative fur scheme won’t make as much sense at Stamford Bridge. “My players ask me to win and the coach has to give them the tools to empower them all with the sole objective of winning,” Diego Pablo Simeone clarified this Tuesday.
With that need to come back, the rojiblanco coach lives with the criticism of his latest proposals. The final half hour of the derby, the progressive step back against Athletic and the inane first half of Getafe are the most recent antecedents of Atlético before a match in which they need to win yes or yes to reach the quarterfinals. “It may be the right day for Luis Suárez to end his streak of so many years without scoring away from home in the Champions League,” warned Simeone.
Atlético’s scoring needs don’t seem to mislead Thomas Tuchel. The Bucharest landscape is what the Chelsea manager also awaits in London. “I expect something similar to Bucharest. They have Trippier, Carrasco and Giménez back, so Lemar and Llorente will return to their positions, but in general I expect a similar approach. It is hard to play against them and it will be difficult to find spaces between the lines ”, predicted the German coach.
Tuchel mentioned Lemar, but the Frenchman has not trained with his teammates in any of the preparatory sessions with a view to Stamford Bridge. The French midfielder has traveled with the rojiblanca expedition, in which Simeone has included the entire squad. The Cholo has tried with the system of three centrals and with the defense of four and also an eleven with Kondogbia and another with Saúl. “We have worked both systems. You can win in the 10th or 85th minute or start losing. We have found situations to improve with respect to the first leg ”, warned Simeone.
Tuchel will not be able to count on Jorginho and Mount, two basic players in the reconstruction of a team that has not lost one of the 14 games that it has played under his direction. “I’m a bit worried because we don’t have two key players like them,” lamented the German coach.