Diego Simeone speaks of his respect for Leverkusen

The teams meet in the Champions League tonight

BY Simon Maguire 14:41 Tuesday 21 February 2017, 14:41 21 Feb 2017

Atletico de Madrid's coach Diego Simeone EPA/SERGIO BARRENCHEA

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has spoken of his respect for Bayer Leverkusen ahead of tonight's Champions League clash. 

Speaking at the pre-match press conference, he said: "We are going to find a team that deploys everything their coach asks: heart, enthusiasm, intention and a lot of intensity. They are probably one of the most intense rivals we have played in the Champions. Talent is important, but heart and the hopefulness have a bigger place in football."

Speaking about his own team he said: "We continue on the line of finding our final game. We continue trying to improve our regularity and find the ways that make us feel better on the field. I think that the team has grown in this beginning of 2017 compared with the end of 2016.

"I consider that still we have a large margin of improvement and hopefully we can breach it, because that is where the quality leap lies," he added. 



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