Atleti boss Simeone makes a vow ahead of return leg
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Atleti boss Simeone makes a vow ahead of return leg

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has vowed to change his tactics when his side takes on Manchester City in the return leg of the Champions League quarter finals. 

Madrid failed to register any shot on target in the entire game for the first time since the 2003/04 campaign. Diego's defending tactics have been highly criticized but he says City should expect a different side in the return leg. 

"A good performance against an extraordinary team that manages to unite lots of world-class footballers into a superb unit. We wanted to defend well, squeeze spaces and hit them on the counterattack," he said after the match. 

"Just when we looked like creating our best opportunities, they scored. It was a very difficult match. They take off three excellent players and replace them with three equally- excellent guys."

The Argentine manager also revealed that he was surprised by Pep Guardiola’s decision to leave Phil Foden on the bench, before addressing the style debate which was dominating social media after the match.

"I must admit we thought Foden would start. I’d also confess that it’s enjoyable to see how City play. The patience they have. But we were both seeking the same thing, winning."

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"They might be the best side in the world," he said.

"We’ll change how we play a little in the second half of this tie but it’s all the same to them – City will play the same way. But with humility and hard work, we’ll compete. Then we’ll just see where that takes us."

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