The very first leg of their Champs League last-16 tie will take place just at Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday.
Diego Simeone praised Ralf Rangnick’s work at Manchester United ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.
Prior to the start of their Champions League last 16 tie, Manchester United have arrived in the Spanish capital for the first leg.
It’s their last chance to win a trophy this season, and their chances of qualifying for the Champions League next season hang in the balance as they battle for fourth place in the Premier League.
Despite a recent uptick in results since the German took over, Rangnick’s team still has many questions, despite a couple of much-needed victories.
And yet Simeone lavished praise on his opposite number, calling United “one of the best in the world” and insisting that Rangnick had also given the team “solidity, teamwork, and commitment” since arriving as interim manager.
“According to Simeone in his pre-match press conference: “It [United] has evolved into a dynamic team from midfield upwards with courage, with very good individual players, and who collectively make the effort to bring together talent,” Simeone said.
This will be a difficult match, but we are happy to be able to play in front of our fans and to have the opportunity to play in the round of 16 at home.
“It’s nearly impossible to locate any errors.
I will do everything in my power to prepare and find ways to hurt them. We always value the rival for their positive things.”
Atletico Madrid, managed by Diego Simeone, are also in the hunt for next season’s competition after finishing fifth in La Liga this season.
The Argentine believes that despite Real Madrid’s poor season, they can relive a few of their best moments against Manchester United, after beating Osasuna on the weekend.
“There is no need for words to describe this great spirit that I saw one day, and I cling to the day-to-day, daily growth, as well as the search for the presence of the spirit.
In order to sustain our high level of competitiveness, we need to win against Man Utd.”