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Simeone wary of PSV counter ahead of last-16 second leg

Atleti's boss has warned of PSV Eindhoven's threat on the break as his side look to reach the Champions League quarters for the third straight season.
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Simeone wary of PSV counter ahead of last-16 second leg

Atlético Madrid boss Diego Simeone has warned of PSV Eindhoven's threat on the counter-attack as the Spanish side seek to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the third consecutive season on Tuesday.

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The tie is finely balanced at 0-0 ahead of PSV's trip to the Vicente Calderon, where Atletico have only conceded in three of 14 Champions League games under Simeone.

However, the Argentine is wary that with a full house of 55,000 expected to put the onus on Atlético to attack, they could be caught out by a vital away goal for the Dutch champions.

"I think that PSV's best quality is the counter-attack," said Simeone.

"With spaces they work very well and have players that arrive late into the box."

Atlético will be at full-strength as Fernando Torres has shrugged off the knee injury which saw him miss Saturday's 3-0 win over Deportivo la Coruna.

However, the former Liverpool and Chelsea striker is expected to start on the bench with Yannick Carrasco and Luciano Vietto set to partner Atlético's top scorer Antoine Griezmann in attack.

Atleti captain Gabi speaks to the media on Monday.
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Atleti captain Gabi speaks to the media on Monday.JESUS AGUILERADIARIO AS

And Atlético captain Gabi admitted progress once more to the last eight is vital to the club's growth both on and off the pitch since Simeone's arrival four years ago.

"Tomorrow is decisive and we have the obligation to get the result we need in front of our fans," he said.

"We know what is at stake for the fans and the club. Our progress in this competition is very important and we are in great form heading into tomorrow."

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