Martino: Atleti have done great things

Tata Martino is aware that Atletico Madrid will be ‘very tough opponents’ for his Barcelona side tomorrow.

The Catalan side host the Liga leaders in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

And the Argentine tactician knows that Diego Simeone’s men are one of the toughest teams they could have faced.

“Atlético have been doing great things this season and last season too,” he told a Press conference.

“They are alive in two competitions and they seem very confident and strong. In the three games against them [this season], they have proved to be a very tough opponent.

“We have to win and not concede any goals, that is basic when there is a return leg. The first thing we need to do is to win because then the responsibility lies with the opponent. 

“I always think that if you were not courageous, you would not be where you are now. You need to be brave to play the way we do, so you can rest assured we will be brave tomorrow, guaranteed.

“The secret to this match is to be level on intensity with them and then our weapon is to be FC Barcelona.

“But we do need to be just as intense as they are. When a coach has an idea, he needs to field the players in the right place. 

“Evidently, we know we sacrifice Neymar on the right side. But players of the category of Neymar, can play anywhere in the attack.

“I think Arda Turan and Andrés Iniesta know what every moment of the match requires and they pick the right option for every moment and their decisions are almost always right and they execute the decision in the right way.”

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