Manchester United interim coach Ralf Rangnick has warned his players against Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone. The German said will face “a hostile atmosphere” in their Champions League last-16 first-leg tie away to Atletico Madrid and so they should be prepared. The first leg game is in Spain before the return at Old Trafford on 15 March.
United Coach Warns his Players About Diego Simeone Emotions
According to United head coach Ralf Rangnick, he said: “Some of our players will not be received with a red carpet” “Mentally, we need to be prepared for an emotional and hostile atmosphere. This is not the easiest of draws.” Manchester United finished top of Group F, while Atletico – who won La Liga last season but are only fifth domestically in 2021-22 – came second behind Liverpool in Group B.
United will be without Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani because of a groin injury, while Diego Simeone’s side will be without midfielder Koke after their captain sustained an injury in their 3-0 win over Osasuna on Saturday, while midfielder Yannick Carrasco and defender Felipe are both suspended.
Diego Simeone’s Atletico has won only three of their past eight matches in all competitions and lost in their last home match, 1-0 against Levante on 16 February. S” Speaking ahead of the match Simeone said: “We’re facing one of the best teams in the world.” “In the last 14 games, they’ve lost one and the new manager (Rangnick) has given them that solidity. The team is much more compact, stronger and much more solid.”
The “manager also said Manchester United have changed since the arrival of the Ralf Rangnick and they have very brave forward and so they will try to find a way to hurt them and find a way to goal. The Argentine also said he has no doubt his players will give their all.