MADRID, NNC –Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone admits he will not underestimate Arsenal when the two teams meet in the Europa League semifinals. According to Simeone, London Cannon is a very tough team.
Diego Simeone also said Atletico Madrid has the same chances as Arsenal to be able to advance to the final round.
The result of the Europa League semifinals draw will bring Atletico together with Arsenal. In the first leg, Atletico will travel to Arsenal headquarters on April 26. They will take turns hosting the second leg on May 3.
In the previous round, Atletico put aside Sporting Lisbon 2-1 on aggregate. Meanwhile, Arsenal qualifed thanks to a 6-3 aggregate advantage over CSKA Moscow.
Simeone had brought Atletico to win the Europa League season 2011/2012. However, for this time the Argentine coach knew it would not be easy to repeat that success.
"With their history, Arsenal are very strong rivals, they have very important and competent managers with a lot of experience and supported by quality players," said Simeone on Soccerway.
"We know English football and at home, Arsenal is a very strong team, the chances are 50-50," he added.
The winner of the Atletico vs Arsenal duel will meet Marseille or Salzburg in the Europa League finals.