CThere is a lot of respect for what Atlético de Madrid and Diego Pablo Simeone represent, but with the intention of harming the mattress team. García Pimienta is clear that Atlético is the favoritebut “Las Palmas is going to compete. The pressure of playing against a Champions League rival that aspires to the League and with the Gran Canaria Stadium full, packed, will not condition us,” he admitted in the press room.
He had words of praise for Simeone: “It is a privilege to be able to play these types of games. We want to compete with Atlético de Madrid, a rival that is going to compete to win the League. I am not going to discover the profile of the club and players“. And the Las Palmas coach does not let himself be carried away by the wave of opinions: “Atleti has changed this year and wants the ball. “El Cholo is an example for so many years in the elite.”
Aware that it will not be easy, the UD coach understands that he will have his options: “To beat Atlético you have to have a lot of personality and be braver than ever, in addition to believing and being more focused than ever. We are going to have to suffer, but we can beat Atlético. If they hit us, we must get up. If we lower our arms, they will walk over us because they have a template for it.“, he said.
Without words for Jonathan Viera
The coach will not be able to count on the injured Sandro and Lemos. Nor with Jonathan Viera, although the coach did not mention him in the first instance. The coach did not want to give explanations for the absence – the fourth in a row – of the captain.. It is the second time that the coach comes out with “I am not going to talk about Jonathan Viera” in a press conference.