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Hard work is the key: Simeone

Barcelona: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone again expects a clash of football styles when his side visit Barcelona in the quarter finals of the Champions League on Tuesday.

Simeone’s side lead Barca by a point at the top of La Liga and while Barca have found success through their quick passing football, winning the Champions League in 2009 and 2011, Atletico have employed a more dogged approach based on a solid defence and where they seek to wear down opponents.

“It will be a game between two teams with different ways of playing and we will see who comes out on top. They will try to keep hold of the ball and we will concentrate on controlling the spaces,” Simeone told a news conference on Monday ahead of the first-leg meeting.

“So far we have played in the (domestic) Super Cup, reached the semi-finals of the (King’s) cup, then we have the league and the Champions League. This is a fantastic group to work with and who as a team are continuing to grow each day. Work is the key — it is simple.”

The match is being billed as a head-to-head between Lionel Messi and Diego Costa who both lead their teams from the front. (reuters)