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Simeone braced for Valencia assault

26 April 2012 03:06

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has predicted another exciting match against Valencia in the Europa League semi-finals.

Simeone's team defeated Valencia 4-2 in the first leg at Estadio Vicente Calderon last week, earning the aggregate lead going into the return fixture at the Mestalla on Thursday.

But the Argentine coach knows the tie is far from over, and expects Unai Emery's team to push hard in a bid to overturn the deficit.

"I think it's going to be a very important game, a game with a lot of intensity," Simeone said.

"I've already played two games against Valencia and they've always scored against us in different ways. But to be honest I'm expecting a very similar game to the first leg. So we are working on that basis.

"This is not about feelings, it's about what we see on the pitch, and what I see is a very difficult game against Valencia. We saw that in the first leg. The reality is on the pitch.

"And at the end of the day you get what you deserve. Tomorrow is going to be a very big game, one of those that players love to be involved in."

"Obviously they're in a bit of a sticky situation because they're behind. But we're not going to Valencia to watch, we're going to try and win."

The winner of Atletico's tie against Valencia will face either fellow La Liga side Athletic Bilbao or Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon in the final.

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Info

Competition
UEFA Europa League
Date
26 April 2012
Kick-off
21:05
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
0 - 1
On aggregate
2 - 5
Venue
Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia)
Attendance
35000

Goals

0 - 1
60' Adrián
 (assist by Diego)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
20
12
4
17 79'
6
8
21
9 79'
7
16
Coach: Unai Emery
# Player Bookings
13 36'
23
20
6
2
5 79'
22
4
11
7 60'
9
Coach: D. Simeone

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
11 86'
22
24
3
13
14
18
# Player Bookings
14
8
19
18
21
25
41

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