Diego Simeone calls on Atletico Madrid fans to fill the stands against Bayer Leverkusen [divider]
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone revealed that he expects the Vicente Calderon stadium to be full against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League Last 16 second leg game.
Simone underlined that his side need the fans to give them an edge against Bayer and overcome the 1-0 aggregate scoreline.
“I want a noisy [Vicente] Calderón that pushes us to get things done. I don’t want a moment’s silence. The best way to win is by playing football,” Simeone told the official UEFA website.
The Atleti manager also urged his players to keep a cool head and not let the occasion get to them.
“In life and football there are times when things don’t go well. We have to keep working and keeping the faith. We need cool heads,” he added.
Bayer won the first-leg at the BayArena 1-0 thanks to a superb strike from Hakan Çalhanoğlu.
Atleti reached the Champions League final last season and won the La Liga title.
Turkish internationals Çalhanoğlu and Ömer Toprak are expected to start for Bayer while Arda Turan is likely to be in the starting lineup for the Rojiblancos.