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Simeone: The tie won't be resolved until the return leg in Leicester


Atletico Madrid's Champions League quarter-final against Leicester City will go down to the wire, at least in the view of Diego Simeone. 
While many considered the English side the least problematic of the potential quarter-final opponents, the Argentine coach does not believe they will be easy to defeat.
"I'm not expecting a match with a big result for either team, given how much intensity and concentration both sides have," he said at the pre-match press conference.
"These will be two hard-fought games and the tie surely won't be resolved until the return leg in their stadium."
Discussing the styles of the two teams, which many have described as similar, Simeone insisted that the beauty of football is the fact that there is no right or wrong way to play the sport.
"Football is wonderful, as nobody has the true way to play," he said. "There are different styles and ours is based on humility and hard work.
"Possibly, [Leicester] have looked at us as a model.
"They do play a football which best suits their players' characteristics and they play vertically and are clinical in attack. I do not believe that they will concede possession.
"That is what has brought them to the European stage."
Specifically, he expressed his appreciation of the way Jamie Vardy has led the line for the Foxes."I really like him as a striker," Simeone said.
"He is powerful, like the strikers Atletico have always had," said Simeone.
"He gives them depth and a battling quality when playing it out."
Finally, when asked what his long-term goal is with Los Rojiblancos and what he wants to achieve before departing, Simeone told the reporters in the room that all he wants to do is to win on Wednesday.

Shakespeare: Atletico are more than Griezmann, they're a team


Leicester City take on Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday evening and new coach Craig Shakespeare is worried about all 11 Rojiblanco players, not just Antoine Griezmann.
The Englishman promised to show Diego Simeone's side some respect, but reiterated that the Foxes are not there just to make up the numbers.
"You can speak about one player, but Atletico are more than [Griezmann], as they are a team," he said at his pre-match press conference."We will show them the respect they deserve.
"Their style is well documented and they press high, but it is about what we do tomorrow night. "We're aware of Atletico's strengths but we're also aware of our own strengths.
"These players have earned their opportunity and we intend to keep that going tomorrow night."
The coach also discussed the fact that he has four players - Robert Huth, Wilfred Ndidi, Jamie Vardy and Islam Slimani - one booking away from a suspension, stressing that they'll be reminded not to get carried away by the atmosphere.
"We are very well disciplined as a team," he said."But yes, the players will be reminded about their responsibilities and to not get any stupid cards."
Shakespeare also analysed the comparisons that have been made between Leicester and the Champions League runners-up and was pleased his side is being held in such high esteem. 
"I think that is a huge compliment to be compared to Atletico," reporters were told.
"Their team ethic is one of strength, like ours, so I take it as a compliment."
Finally, he addressed his predecessor Claudio Ranieri's Monday night interview in which he discussed his Leicester exit, telling those present that he has never had any issue with the Italian and ex-Atleti coach.


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