Real Madrid wrapped up their 35th title win last weekend against Espanyol in style and followed that up with a sensational comeback win in the UEFA Champions League against Manchester City to qualify for the finals.
They are riding on incredible momentum, and will travel to the outskirts of Spanish capital Madrid to lock horns against Atletico Madrid for the 35th round in La Liga.
Ahead of the Madrid derby, Diego Simeone addressed the media as part of his pre-game press conference, specially revealing their plans on the guard of honour.
On the game, and his 36th Madrid derby: “I would like to tell you all the feelings, emotions, and experiences that have happened. So many finals, Champions Leagues, Super Cups, leagues. We are against a rival who is very strong, and we continue to see today the strength they have.”
“It’s always exciting to face a rival like Madrid, more so just after they became champions.”
“The meaning of a derby is to always win.”
On the guard of honour: “These questions try to generate a bit of controversy. What happens, in reality, is that the club made a concrete statement to congratulate Real Madrid, the players, the coaching staff, because they have done a good job.”
“We have respect for Madrid, but more so for our fans.”
On the team’s energy: “We know it it will every hard until the end. We have to face Madrid, Villarreal, Sevilla, Betis.”
On Madrid making changes and what to expect: “No, because the structure is not going to change, the way of playing. Ancelotti is a great coach, with very clear ideas. Whoever plays for them will maintain their plan, the names vary but not the ideas.”
Source: Atletico Madrid Twitter
Official: Atletico Madrid sign Tottenham Hotspur defender on a free transfer
Atletico Madrid have made their final move of the winter transfer window, completing the signing of Matt Doherty from Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer.
The Irish international has seen little to no minutes in the league this season, and had his contract mutually terminated by Tottenham before he made the switch to Atletico on deadline day.
This comes on the back of a three-way switch. Spurs signed Pedro Porro from Sporting Lisbon, who have reportedly replaced him with Hector Bellerin from Barcelona, while enabling Doherty’s switch to La Liga.
This is only Atletico’s second winter transfer for this window. They had signed Memphis Depay earlier this month from Barcelona on a €3 million 2.5-year deal.
That said, they have managed to offload Joao Felix to Chelsea, Mathus Cunha to Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Marcos Paulo to Sao Paolo. Atletico also managed to register Pablo Barrios to the first-team after his impressive displays in the first-half of the season.