While Diego Simeone is preparing for battle with his Atletico Madrid “soldiers”, his opposing manager in the UEFA Champions League semifinal is “relatively relaxed”.
It’s worth noting that Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola is a very intense person, so “relatively relaxed” might mean he opted for a second REM cycle in last night’s repose.
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Guardiola has plenty of experience with both Simeone and Atleti, and says consider the club a second-tier power in Spain is a mistake.
“Atlético are on a par with Barcelona and Real Madrid. They defend very well, but there’s more to it than that. Their pressing is good, they counter-attack well and they’re very flexible. But I’m still relatively relaxed.”
Kickoff for Wednesday’s first leg is 2:45 p.m. ET, as Bayern looks to find an away goal at the Vicente Calderon. That’s a tall ask, but so is the idea of Atleti finding a goal; Bayern and Atleti are perhaps the two best defensive teams in the top European leagues.