Gabi: "It is difficult to prepare yourself to play against Messi. We prepare ourselves to play against Barcelona"
Diego Pablo Simeone appeared this afternoon in the press conference, previous to the game against Barça on Wednesday, the second leg of the Champion's League quarter-finals. The coach made it clear that, as always, his team will be aggressive, and that they will look for every possible variations to beat the Blaugranas:
- "Our force is to know that the others can be better. To be from Atlético is to be persistent and competitive."
- "It would be great if I could see what will happen. We'll bring the game on our territory: intensity, contact, speed... and Barcelona will play the game they usually play."
- "We always try to improve what we do against them. We'll look for some variation to try to harm them and, most of all, win the game."
- "To be from Atleti is to be persistent, to fight against difficulties and to never give up. There are some better teams, but we are competitive to fight against them."
Simeone talked just after Gabi did. The player made it clear that the team is ready to turn the game over:
- "We have to control our emotions. We're ready to live that kind of games."
- "It's difficult to prepare yourself to play againt Messi. We prepare ourselves to play against Barça. Messi can make the difference in any part of the pitch."