Simeone prepares Atletico for war

Diego Simeone says he is treating Atletico Madrid’s Champions League semi-final clash with Pep Guardiola’s FC Bayern München like a war.

Atletico host Bayern at the Vicente Calderon in the first leg on Wednesday after knocking out reigning champions Barcelona in the quarter-finals.

The encounter has been billed as a clash of styles between Simeone’s dogged Atletico and Guardiola’s vibrant Bayern, and the Argentinian admits his players will do whatever it takes to win.

“We have to be thinking about one thing: winning,” he told reporters. “I am expecting a hard match against an opponent with a lot of attacking potential, against a coach who changes from game to game.

“We will try to take the game into our hands where and when we can.

“Obviously we have a coach and players with different characteristics (from Bayern), but in wars, it isn’t the side with the most soldiers that wins, rather the side that uses its soldiers better.

“They are in the same position as us – and to win the league you have to win games. I want my side to win, nothing more.”

Centre-back Diego Godin has been ruled out through injury for the La Liga outfit. As a result, Stefan Savic, Jose Gimenez and Lucas Hernandez all battling to replace the Uruguayan.

Meanwhile, midfielder Yannick Carrasco is expected to start despite being forced to take part in limited training due to a sore ankle.

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