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Simeone reluctant to take favourites tag

2 April 2014 10:21

Diego Simeone remains hesitant to label his Atletico Madrid side as favourites in their UEFA Champions League quarter-final with Barcelona.

Atleti earned a 1-1 draw from the first leg at Camp Nou, Diego's spectacular long-range strike cancelled out by Neymar's effort 19 minutes from time.

A goalless draw or a win for Simeone's men in the Vicente Calderon next week - where they have lost just once this term - would be enough to see them progress to the last four, but the Argentinian is reluctant to name his side as favourites.

"It will be a very hard and exciting match," he said.

"If we say it's us (as favourites), we'll be arrogant. If we say it's halfway or for them, we'll be the victims.

"We'll compete because the matches against them have been very good."

Atleti lost talismanic striker Diego Costa to a hamstring injury during Tuesday's game, with scans set to reveal the extent of the problem later this week.

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
1 April 2014
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 1
On aggregate
1 - 2
Venue
Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Attendance
79941

Goals

0 - 1
56' Diego
 (assist by Gabi)
Neymar 71'
(assist by Iniesta) 
1 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
13
22
3
18 58'
14
4
8 56'
6
16
10
11 71'
Coach: G. Martino
# Player Bookings
13
23
20 52'
3
2
5
14 38'
10 44'
6 19'
9
19
Coach: D. Simeone

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
15
9
7
17
21
24
25
# Player Bookings
26 56' 79'
24 90+2'
11
1
4
12
22

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