Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has bared his thoughts on what he feels will happen in Germany when he leads his troop to the Allianz Arena for the UEFA Champions League second leg semifinal clash against Bayern Munich.
Saúl Ñíguez’s sensational solo goal was enough to earn Simeone a narrow win as the Bavarians lost a UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg in Spain for the third successive season.
The home side tore up the pre-match predictions as they burst out of the blocks and took the lead on 11 minutes in majestic fashion. The intensity did not relent until the second half when Bayern were finally allowed to find their rhythm, yet David Alaba’s shot off the underside of the bar was as close as they came and Fernando Torres so nearly made it 2-0 late on.
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Despite the one goal cushion, Simeone whose side have now lost just one of their last 30 UEFA competition fixtures at the Vicente Calderón to remain Europe’s form side in front of their own fans believes the second leg will be down to which team makes the most of their chances.
“The first half was very close to what we wanted. In the second half they were better and got in behind but we felt comfortable, we defended well.
“It was a great piece of individual skill with lots of creativity. Saul is developing well which is great for us.
“I think it’s still an open tie, they will be playing at home next week with their fans behind them but we have the chance to get an away goal. It’ll be a close game like today, we’ll see who makes the most of their chances.”
Remarkably, before Wednesday, Simeone and his troops had been behind at half-time in only one of their last 31 UEFA Champions League games and they are just the third team to shut out the Germans in their last 30 matches in all competitions.