Atletico claimed a crucial win at Osasuna in their final game before facing Manchester United, with Felix hoping his side can use the win as inspiration against the men. by Ralf Rangnick
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Diego Simeone’s men suffered a Challenging campaign so far even the defending champions of La Liga.
That gives Premier League home advantage in the crucial second leg, with the first clash taking place at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday.
Both teams have had a disappointing season and face huge challenges to finish in their top four domestic leagues, while they have been eliminated from any other cup competitions.
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This means the draw seems wide open, even though both teams go into the match as league winners.
United took a thrilling away win over Leeds, taking a two-goal lead before scoring twice late in the game.
Atletico, meanwhile, comfortably beat Osasuna to recover from a shock loss to bottom team Levante in midweek.
Felix was the star of Simeone’s men’s performance at El Sadar Stadium, scoring one goal and assisting another.
And the Portugal international believes Atletico can use their performance in the game as inspiration against United.
“I’m happy we got out of a really bad loss and know how to bounce back. I don’t worry about personal achievement and am ready to help my team,” said Felix.
“We were very good, very united. We worked well and we got a good win. It’s a good game for me and for everyone.
“We are motivated for Wednesday’s game. We have to continue with the same mentality. If the attitude is good, the quality of people come out.
“We will try to make a great game to win the first round and then we will see. The Champions League is one of the most beautiful challenges.
“We’re motivated, it’s going to be a nice game to watch and play.”
Felix hopes to keep his starting spot after struggling to win Simeone’s trust this campaign, although his performance against Osasuna will have a long way to go.
Atletico’s record signing scored a corner kick in just three minutes to lead his side to a crucial victory.
He then set up Luis Suarez to score after the break before Angel Correa finished off a counter-attack to score three points.
Simeone will need Felix to step up again, with the Atletico board likely to be without Yannick Carrasco, Thomas Lemar, Benjamin Lecomte, Daniel Wass and Mateus Cunha.
Antonie Griezmann has also only recently returned from a long-term injury, leaving Simeone short of options for the first leg.
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