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Past counts for nothing in Champions League quarter-final: Atletico coach Simeone

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Madrid, April 14: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone doesn't expect anything that has happened in the past to have any relevance for the Champions League football quarter-final, which sees his side face city rivals Real Madrid for the seventh time this season.

Atletico lost last season's Champions League final 1-4 after extra time to Real Madrid, but have had their revenge this season, defeating them in the Spanish Super Cup, knocking them out of the King's Cup and beating them twice in the league, including a 4-0 thrashing, reports Xinhua.

Real Madrid's players run during a training session in Madrid

Simeone said nothing that had happened before, either this season or last season mattered for the match on Tuesday.

"This is a different game, it's a new tie and there are players who have not played before, especially last May," he said.

"A quarter-final is not the same as the league nor a Champions League final, but there is a great game lying ahead with a lot of intensity," insisted the Atletico coach, who admitted both sides have contrasting styles.

"We are different sides, each has their own quality and personality due to the characteristics of their players. Real Madrid have players of great technical quality," said Simeone, who admitted he admired the technical quality of the Real players.

When asked whether he would have chosen to play Real Madrid if he had the choice Simeone replied it was difficult to say because at times the sides you most want to face turn out to be more difficult than expected.

"They are the side we have to face," he said.

He also said that Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was an excellent coach who always stayed true to his principals.

Earlier in the day Ancelotti had rejected claims his side were obsessed with Atletico after failing to beat them in six games this season.

Ancelotti described Atletico as a hard-working side who "never gives up", but said he was not going to change his system for a tie he described as balanced "50-50".


Story first published: Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 15:48 [IST]
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