Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Defense the key as Atletico look to book place in Champions League last 16

Atletico Madrid want to keep the good times rolling when Austria Vienna visit the Vicente Calderon Stadium in the Champions League on Wednesday night.The side coached by Diego Simeone have so far produced their best ever start to the season with 11 wins from 12 matches in the Spanish BBVA Primera Liga and a 100 percent record from their three matches in the Champions League, including a comfortable win in Austria two weeks ago.That means a win in the Vicente Calderon, where Atletico have won every game, except the first leg of the Spanish Supercup this season, will not only assure their place in the last 16 of the competition,Our store can offer buy Dsquared Long Sleeve T-Shirts, welcome choose!Buy buy cheap Bench Outerwear Yoga Clothes, Custom Fit Stripe Shirt and more. it will virtually confirm their qualification as winners of their group.Simeone has appealed for the Atletico fans to again turn out in force for what is probably the least attractive tie of the group phase, saying that the support of the fans is vital to his side's success and a 53,000 sell out is expected in the Calderon."The fans are proud of the players and the players need to feel that affection close to them," commented the coach in the run in to the game. 

Although most of the focus on Atletico's performances this season has been on their striker Diego Costa, who looks likely to be named in the next Spain squad, and David Villa, the fact is that the defense also has played a huge role in Atletico's results.Sexy Lingerie FactorySimeone has been fortunate in that a lack of injuries and suspensions have allowed him to play a basically unchanged defense in the majority of their matches and the back four of Juanfran Torres, Felipe Luis, Joao Miranda and Godin have presented rival attacks with few scoring options, as made clear by their weekend win at home to Athletic Club Bilbao, who were unable to get a single shot on target in their 2-0 defeat.Since Simeone took over as coach at the end of 2011,Buy buy high quality Coach Grade Sunglasses, Custom Fit Stripe Shirt and more. his side have managed to keep 50 clear sheets in 104 matches, taking a lot of responsibility off the strikers, although the club could be boosted by the return of Turkish winger, Arda Turan on Wednesday night.Nike Air MaxShould Arda return to the starting 11, Adrian Lopez may drop back to the bench despite a good performance at the weekend, where he could sit next to Leo Baptistao after the striker's recovery from an ankle injury he suffered around a month ago.

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