Having lost twice in competition finals during the reign of Diego Simeone, Atletico will finally get their hands on the famous trophy as the knockout stages in Portugal are completed.
RB Leipzig have the talent to beat Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid may be one of Europe’s best teams, but RB Leipzig have the talent to match them in their Champions League quarterfinals, Kevin Kampl said. Having lost twice in competition finals during the reign of Diego Simeone, Atletico will finally get their hands on the famous trophy as the knockout stages in Portugal are completed. The Spanish club ended Liverpool’s title defenses in the previous round. It must now get past a Leipzig side. They also knocked out English opponents to reach the final eight, an impressive 4-0 aggregate for Tottenham. Leipzig midfielder Kampl knows Atletico will be hard to beat, given their reputation as secure defensively, but believes there is no real favorite ahead of Thursday’s meeting.
Atleti are excellent defenders and counter-attackers
“Atletico Madrid have been one of the best teams in Europe for years. They have a lot of experience on the field and have already made it to the final in recent seasons. Even if we have not won the title yet, we know this team is of high quality. We also know that they are excellent defenders and have extremely good counter-attacks and know how to use their possession phases. Often a 1-0 win is enough for them. We have a great lineup and are in no way inferior to Atlético’s quality. We are always dangerous for targets, no matter what formation we are playing with or serving. “Plus, we are all aware of this great opportunity presented to us here. Everyone will rip themselves apart to win and advance to the semi-finals. There is no real favorite on Thursday.”
Leipzig will need to find a way to beat Jan Oblak, as goalkeeper Kampl knows from his time playing together for Slovenia. The 29-year-old is full of praise for his compatriot, calling him “one of the best in the world” ahead of a clash to decide who will progress to the semi-finals against Paris Saint-Germain or Atalanta. He is a genuinely outstanding keeper and one of the best in the world for me, Kampl said. “He has already achieved a lot in his career, and he still has great potential. We exchanged a few messages before we arrived, and I look forward to meeting him on the pitch on Thursday.”