24 Feb Atletico Madrid’s Oblak performs down disaster discuss
Goalkeeper Jan Oblak has denied Atletico Madrid are dealing with a “disaster” after a 1-Zero Champions League defeat to Chelsea on Tuesday noticed the La Liga leaders lose back-to-back video games for the primary time this season.
The round-of-16 first leg lead to Bucharest — which noticed Olivier Giroud’s overhead kick give the Premier League team the benefit forward of the second leg at Stamford Bridge on March 17 — adopted Atletico’s home loss to Levante on Saturday.
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“I do not assume it is a disaster,” Oblak stated. “Sure it is totally different to what we have skilled over the remainder of the season, however [football] is like that. This team is robust. We’ll get via this. We weren’t excellent in December and January and we aren’t unhealthy now.”
Atetico have now didn’t preserve a clear sheet of their final eight video games in all competitions, their worst defensive run throughout coach Diego Simeone’s decade in cost.
“We’ll work on it,” Simeone stated. “We now have an essential recreation with Villarreal on Sunday. We do not get the outcomes… Seeing the hassle of the team, and figuring out the reason for the second we’re in, I really feel good. I belief within the team that we’ve got.
“In case you’d stated to me in September that we would lose this primary leg 1-Zero and be high of the league, I would have taken it for certain. We’ll take care of it. It is clear that this is not a great second.”
Atletico’s lead over Actual Madrid on the high of the La Liga desk was minimize to a few factors — with a recreation in hand — once they have been overwhelmed by Levante, and the Chelsea loss is one other blow to morale.
“Defeats are tough, however we at all times get again up,” captain Koke stated. “We’re the identical team that went on a run of eight wins within the league… We have had a foul week, that is the fact, however we’ve got to maintain preventing. Atletico Madrid at all times get again up. We now have to exit to win the second leg.”
He refused responsible Atletico’s must play their “residence” leg in Bucharest — as a consequence of restrictions on UK flights arriving in Spain — for the efficiency, which noticed the team fail to land a single shot on goal.
“We all know how the world is true now,” he stated. “We did not get to play at residence, but it surely does not matter. We now have to adapt. We now have to go to London and win. If we rating twice, we’ll undergo.”