Simeone already plotting Bayern upset after 200th LaLiga victory with Atletico Madrid

By Sports Desk October 17, 2020

Diego Simeone chose to look ahead to next week's showdown with Bayern Munich rather than celebrate his 200th LaLiga win as Atletico Madrid head coach.

A 2-0 victory away to Celta Vigo, courtesy of goals from Luis Suarez and Yannick Carrasco, took Simeone to a double-century of wins in Spain's top flight in his 330th game in charge.

It was not a routine three points, though, as Celta had 10 shots to Atleti's three in the first half and Carrasco's clincher came only in the fifth minute of second-half injury time.

Simeone is therefore more concerned about ironing out his side's deficiencies ahead of a Champions League clash with last season's treble-winners Bayern on Wednesday.

"We're going to face the best team in the world right now," he said. "I think it's a very important game for us and we'll try to find solutions for what we had to suffer in the first half today.

"I think [a defensive weakness] happened in the first half but, in the second, there were no chances. The presence of Felipe and [Mario] Hermoso out wide gave us more aerial strength.

"In the first half, they created danger, but in the second it wasn't like that anymore.

"We put in Joao [Felix], [Marcos] Llorente and Carrasco to create danger on the break so we could kill the game, but the goal didn't come. 1-0 is tricky, but luckily we got to 2-0."

Atleti lost Diego Costa to a muscle injury in the second half but Simeone was still pleased with his link-up with Suarez, who reached 150 LaLiga goals.

"The doctors will tell us how Diego is doing. I liked the mix of the two. The characteristics of the two allow them to play together," he said.

"They give us strength in attack, and presence and personality in the penalty area. It's one of the options the team has."

Related items

  • Rumour Has It: Ibrahimovic set for Milan extension, Dybala to renew at Juventus Rumour Has It: Ibrahimovic set for Milan extension, Dybala to renew at Juventus

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be ready to extend his contract at Milan after a fine start to the season. 

    Ibrahimovic returned to the Serie A club in January, extending his deal in August through until the end of the 2020-21 season. 

    However, the veteran striker could be set to remain at the club for longer, per speculation in Italy.

     

    TOP STORY – IBRAHIMOVIC COULD RENEW AT MILAN UNTIL 2022

    Ibrahimovic's agent Mino Raiola is already studying a plan to extend the striker's deal at Milan until 2022, according to Corriere della Sera.

    The 39-year-old has scored four goals in two Serie A games for league leaders Milan this season, including a brace in the derby win over rivals Inter at the weekend.

    Ibrahimovic netted 10 goals and provided five assists in 18 league appearances in 2019-20.

    ROUND-UP

    - Unhappy about being left on the bench against Crotone, Paulo Dybala's future at Juventus is again a subject of interest. However, Tuttosport reports the aim is still for the playmaker – who is contracted until 2022 – to renew his deal before January.

    - Barcelona could be set for good news. Goal reports Barcelona are working on new deals for Frenkie de Jong and Clement Lenglet after agreeing to a contract with goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Meanwhile, AS says Gerard Pique is ready to accept a pay cut.

    - Phil Jones is yet to play for Manchester United this season and could leave in January. The Sun reports United could demand £20million for the defender, who is contracted until 2023.

    - Maurizio Sarri could be set for a return to coaching. CalcioMercato reports the former Juventus and Chelsea boss is a target for Fiorentina amid pressure on Giuseppe Iachini after the club collected just four points from their opening four Serie A games of the season.

    - Out of contract at Marseille at season's end, Florian Thauvin could be set for a move. Le 10 Sport says Milan are interested in the forward.

    - With Virgil van Dijk out due to a serious knee injury, Liverpool could be looking for a defender in January. Football Insider says Brighton and Hove Albion defender Ben White remains on the Premier League champions' radar.

  • Azpilicueta backs under-fire Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Azpilicueta backs under-fire Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa

    Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta insisted he had "no doubt" goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga would bounce back.

    After several mistakes by Kepa, Chelsea signed Edouard Mendy from Rennes in September, but the Senegal international suffered a thigh injury earlier this month.

    Kepa returned to the starting XI against Southampton on Saturday, but made another error as Chelsea drew 3-3.

    Ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash with Sevilla, Azpilicueta backed Kepa to respond.

    "In football we have difficult times. In my position as a captain, obviously Kepa, I know him from a long time ago, I always try to help him," the defender told a news conference.

    "And it's true that it's difficult and sometimes you feel like everything goes against you. You have to have the character and personality to face it and to work hard. I have no doubt Kepa will work hard and give everything to reverse the situation.

    "The whole squad are fighting for targets as a collective and we need everybody.

    "When you are a goalkeeper it’s a completely different situation. But I don't have any doubt he will keep working hard and giving his best."

    Chelsea are eighth in the Premier League after earning eight points from their opening five games.

  • Cardinals dominate Cowboys, Chiefs bounce back Cardinals dominate Cowboys, Chiefs bounce back
© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.