Diego Simeone

Simeone Ready For Bayern “Fight”, Boateng Returns 

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone believes Atletico Madrid's collective unity can help them make a positive start to their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich.

Bayern have lived up to their billing as favourites to become European champions throughout this season's competition with a goal-laden campaign, the Bundesliga side scoring 28 in 10 matches.

They needed a strong performance in Lisbon to get past quarter-final opponents Benfica, Pep Guardiola's side scoring two away goals to progress 3-2 on aggregate.

Next up is Simeone's Atletico, and the Argentine coach knows his side will have to be at the top of their game if they are to reach a second final in three seasons.

"We are ready, we want to take this chance, we will fight," Simeone said in his pre-match media conference.

"Bayern have many options, but in battles, the side with the most soldiers does not [win], but those who use their soldiers better.

"To qualify you do not just need a good defence, you also have to score goals. And that is what we seek to do against Bayern."

And Fernando Torres – who has scored eight goals in all competitions in 2016 – says Simeone's squad are ready for the challenge.

He added: "We are ready to write a new story. We have a fantastic opportunity going into this time, but it will not be easy.

"Hopefully within a week we can say that we have taken a small step."

Jerome Boateng has been included in the Bayern Munich squad for Wednesday's Champions League semi-final with Atletico Madrid after a three-month spell on the sidelines due to injury, the club's twitter handle, @FCBayernEN confirmed on Tuesday.

The Germany international has not featured for the Bundesliga champions since picking up a groin injury in their 2-1 win over Hamburg back in January.

Bayern, according to the information, will still be without long-term injury concern Holger Badstuber at the Vicente Calderon, while Arjen Robben remains unavailable as he continues to work on his recovery.

While Diego Simeone's Atlético have reached the last four for the second time in three years, Bayern are appearing at this stage for the fifth season in a row.
 

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