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Diego Simeone’s claim that Man Utd have “two of the best midfielders in the world” now speaks volumes

Diego Simeone thinks Manchester United’s midfield is as good as any in world football as he hails midfielders Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba as two of the best.

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Eyebrows raised as Diego Simeone claimed Manchester United have two of the best centre-backs in the world, but where has the Atletico Madrid boss put his money.

Red Devil secured a 1-1 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano in their first leg Champions League The last 16 matches were drawn as Anthony Elanga canceled Joao Felix’s opening goal.

Truth be told, United were lucky to go home in terms of class as Atletico should have made their domination, especially in the first half.

One problem that has plagued Ralf Rangnick’s men throughout the season has been their frailty in the middle of the park but Simeone reckons that’s as good as anyone in world football like him. Midfielders Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba were hailed as two of the best.






MADRID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 22: Atletico de Madrid head coach Diego Simeone speaks during Atletico’s press conference ahead of the UEFA Champions League match between Atlético de Madrid and Manchester United at the Wanda Metropolitano on February 22, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alvaro Medranda / Eurasia Sport Images / Getty Images)

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“They have an incredible midfield,” Simeone said before the game. I am extremely impressed with the work rate.

“Pogba and McTominay are two of the best midfielders in the world with great balance.

“The team is much more compact, a lot stronger. They have a solidity in the back, they are a very physical team with the central defenders and midfield that they have.

“They’re really strong and it’s really hard to find holes there.

“I always evaluate the qualities of our opponents, but of course, we’ll try to find ways to try and hurt them, try and find a way to the goal, if you will.”

McTominay is absent due to illness but Atletico’s respect for Pogba supports those comments.

Atletico focused on the Frenchman throughout the game as Geoffrey Kondogbia tracked his man, following him wherever he went.

It was clear that Simeone wanted to knock him out of the game and the game plan was working until a certain point when Pogba was hooked up for the second half.

Simeone also called United one of the best teams in the world, but Rangnick’s men’s performance would suggest otherwise.

“We are facing one of the best teams in the world in the last 14 games if I’m not mistaken,” added Simeone. “They just lost someone. With the new manager, Ralf Rangnick, that gives the team solidity, team spirit and commitment.







Paul Pogba was packed into the game as Man Utd players struggled to cope with Atletico’s intensity
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“What can we see Manchester United always like that. They’ve grown since the new manager arrived, they’re fourth in the league

“It’s an intense, dynamic, very brave team, with very good strikers, very good players in general and people who put in a lot of effort to try to bring together huge talent. huge that they have in 11 players.

“It’s going to be a very tough game, like every Champions League game. But we have a lot of anticipation to play in our stadium in front of the fans and we’re lucky to play in the last 16. at home because we can’t” not play, we couldn’t do that last year. “

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