Atletico Madrid and Liverpool tonight in the Champions League | football


Tonight, all eyes will turn to the top of Group B in the third round of the Champions League group stage matches between Liverpool, the group leader, and its host, Atletico Madrid, the runner-up.

And before the expected match, a psychological war was waged by German coach Jurgen Klopp on the style of playing “Atleti”.

Klopp expressed his dissatisfaction with Atletico’s style of play in the two teams’ match last season, saying – in statements to BT Sport – that he does not understand why “Atletico players have great capabilities that qualify them to play in a better way, but they did not choose that.”

And Diego Simeone, the coach of the Spanish team, was satisfied with a short answer and a wide smile, saying, “Nothing.”

Atletico Madrid qualified for the quarter-finals of the competition last season, after winning 4-2 on aggregate over Liverpool, which included a “historic remontada”.

Atletico Madrid were two goals unanswered in the early extra time, but two goals from Marcos Llorente before half the time in the extra time turned the confrontation upside down, before Alvaro Morata scored the goal of eliminating the “reds” from the tournament.

After that, Simeone spoke about Liverpool, and the Argentine coach’s assessment was surprising.

“Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are all great teams, but watching Liverpool is a real pleasure,” Simeone said.

“They press superbly and are not afraid to leave spaces, they have high-speed players, and with Virgil van Dijk’s return from injury their defensive solidity has increased, which is very important even for a team like Liverpool.”

“I don’t expect anything other than that it is a team that will make things difficult for us, we will try to find a way to beat them, we need to emulate their strength and create some chances,” he explained.

In the same group, third-placed Porto and one point host AC Milan, who were defeated in their previous two matches.

The Moldovan leader, Sheriff Tiraspol, is looking forward to continuing his surprises by achieving the third victory in the group when he meets its host Inter Milan, while the other match in the group will witness Real Madrid’s meeting with Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine.

Sheriff enjoyed an impressive start to his debut in the Champions League by defeating Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid to top Group D. On the other hand, Inter won one point from two matches, and they will face an arduous task to qualify for the knockout stages for the first time in 10 years.

Borussia Dortmund will visit Ajax in the third group in a confrontation between two teams, each of which won in the first two rounds, while Leipzig – who lost the first two matches – will visit Paris Saint-Germain, the leader of the first group, where the conflict is renewed between them after they met in half Last season’s final.

Dortmund is looking forward to qualifying from the group, while Leipzig will face exit from the group stage in the event of a new defeat, provided that Manchester City beat Club Brugge in the other match in the first group.

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