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Atlético's Simeone: "We have to go for the win from kick-off"

The Argentine coach gave his thought's on tomorrow's meeting with Qarabag. "Every team struggles here. You can't avoid difficulties - it's a game, it's football".

Atlético's Simeone: "We have to go for the win from kick-off"

Diego Pablo Simeone gave his thoughts on Atlético's MatchDay 3 meeting with Qarabag - a game which the Rojiblancos need to win to remain in the running in Group C where they sit third behind Chelsea and Roma with just one point.

Atlético train in Baku, Azerbaijan.
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Atlético train in Baku, Azerbaijan.CHEMA DIAZDIARIO AS

El Cholo calls for team effort in Baku

What are expecting from Griezmann in such an important game as this?

I'm not just expecting Griezmann to deliver, I want us to continue on the path we are on, and for the team to continue growing; I want us to compete well and for the players to be aware of what the team needs in every game we play. We have to go in search of the game from kick-off.

How is the team's modd after drawing the last two league games?

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Of the eight league games we've played so far, five were away from home and we are unbeaten; we drew in Rome but we deserved to win. We lost to Chelsea and we are still alive in all of the competitions we are in. Words count for nothing, what matters is what we do - not what we say, and how we understand the path we're on. The team's fine, we put in a good game against Barcelona. The chance to criticize is always there but we are the first to endeavour to improve  because we want to keep growing as a team.

Atleti cannot underestimate Qarabag, says Simeone

Will you be making any changes to your team specifically for this rival, who are without a win in the group?

No two games are the same and our rivals, even though they may seem weaker on paper, had a good first half against Chelsea and Roma struggled to beat them. Every team struggles playing them at their ground. We want to ensure we are comfortable out there, and play the game we want to play.

From the midfield forward Qarabag have very good players: their centre-forward, the right winger, Míchel... they are good at keeping possession of the ball. In football, you go through different situations in every moment and in every game. You can't avoid difficulties - it's a game, it's football, and the strongest team doesn't always look the most able. Both teams want to give their best and get a result.

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