Simeone, Llorente preview Atlético’s do-or-die clash with Porto

Atlético Madrid should defeat Porto on Tuesday night time to have any likelihood of qualifying for the Champions League’s final 16 — however the rojiblancos would require a favor from Liverpool to be able to get out of Group B.

Atlético (4 factors) will overtake Porto (5 factors) for second place within the group with a win, however the present sensations are usually not good after Diego Simeone’s males misplaced to Mallorca on the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.

Making issues worse for Simeone’s already-fragile protection, Mario Hermoso is Atleti’s solely obtainable center-back for this recreation. José Giménez did not get better in time from a head knock, whereas Stefan Savić may miss as much as a month with a new muscle injury. Felipe is ending a two-game suspension.


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“I consider (within the gamers obtainable) as a result of I practice with them, I do know their character, and I belief them,” Simeone mentioned on Monday.

Ought to Atlético win Tuesday, the rojiblancos can qualify if AC Milan draw or lose to Liverpool at residence. If the rossoneri beat a rotated Liverpool aspect, Atlético might want to win by a margin of not less than one purpose larger than Milan — for instance, if Milan win 1-0, Atleti would want to beat Porto 2-0.

“(Porto) are a rare crew that has been doing very effectively. They’ve a structured system, a number of gamers to get better the ball, an intense taking part in model with quick gamers,” Simeone mentioned. “They’re an excellent crew that performs effectively. They’re favored as a result of they’ve extra factors than Milan and us.”



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Porto are coming off a 3-0 win over Portimonense final Friday. Coach Sergio Conceição is not going to have veteran defenders Pepe and Iván Marcano available, however he’s discovered options — Porto have conceded solely as soon as in opposition to the non-Liverpool groups within the group. The onus is on Simeone to do the identical, lest Atlético drop into the Europa League for the second time in 5 years or exit European competitors altogether.

“This crew has sufficient character and character to maneuver ahead and get out of those conditions,” Marcos Llorente informed the media Monday. “We’ve already proven it, and this example will probably be no completely different. I didn’t hear whistles in opposition to Mallorca, when the objectives went in I listened to the followers cheering greater than ever. They’re essential to us, and so they understand it.”

“The reality is there may be little time between video games. When we’ve got time to work, we’ll. Now, we attempt to discuss and discover methods to really feel good on the pitch, to search out methods by which we are able to management the sport so issues will naturally seem,” Simeone mentioned. “Successful is psychologically wholesome.”

Date Dec. 7, 2021

Location Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal

Kickoff time 9:00 p.m. CET, 8:00 p.m. GMT, 3:00 p.m. EST, 12 p.m. PST

Available TV/streaming Paramount+ (United States), Movistar+ (Spain), BT Sport ESPN (United Kingdom)

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