Atletico Madrid don’t fear Liverpool
Reigning Champions League winners Liverpool take on Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16, but Los Rojiblancos are not intimidated by the quality of the Reds.
Although Atleti could have had a much easier draw on paper, Diego Simeone’s men are aware that they have to measure themselves against the best teams in order to progress in the tournament.
Neither this year, nor last season, did Atleti have any luck in the draw for the Round of 16.
Juventus eliminated Atleti back in March and in two months they will have to take on Liverpool, who are in top form at the moment.
«From here to February there is a lot left,» those from Atletico stress, and they may recall knocking Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich out of the Champions League semi-finals in 2015/16 despite being underdogs.
Meanwhile, Jan Oblak will be called to face one of Europe’s most lethal tridents in Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, but he is confident that he team can go through to the next round.
«Liverpool are a great team, but we will face them with great enthusiasm,» Oblak said after Monday’s draw.
«I have no doubt that if we do things well, we can qualify to the quarter finals.»