Simeone’s Atleti ready for Chelsea clash

Having defeated Sevilla 2-0 at the weekend, Atletico Madrid are settling into their new stadium as they prepare to host Chelsea in the Champions League.

Yannick Ferreira Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann scored in Atleti’s second home win at the Wanda Metropolitano, lifting them to second in La Liga before the Blues come to town on Wednesday.

"We faced a great team, who managed to play with the fluidity they wanted and a lot of technical quality," Simeone said of Sevilla.

"They kept their pace for a long time, but our individual moves allowed us to cause them problems. We started resolutely in the second half and found the goal allowed us to play as we wanted 

"When the fans get to play and get involved at the stadium, it’s tremendous. It looks like a Roman circus and it excites me."

With Atleti unable to sign players until next year, Diego Costa will not be able to feature in Wednesday’s, but Simeone believes he has made up for the lack of new arrivals by integrating players like Thomas Partey and Luciano Vietto into the team.

"We quickly turned a negative situation into a positive one, not being able to sign players," he said. "Thomas and Vietto are helping us a lot, they’ve given us the possibility of competing well.

"The team have improved in terms of competition. Many players have grown and haven’t stopped fighting the experienced guys for places.

"I spoke with Thomas and Correa and told them they hadn’t been regulars in the team because they hadn’t responded to our demands. It’s all about what happens on the pitch."

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