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Monday left the draw of the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, and with exciting ties ahead, the protagonists of all teams left their thoughts analyzing their rivals. Next, we review the words of coaches and presidents of the teams that will fight for the final trophy.
Albert Celades, Valencia coach
"Let not be confused, it seems like an easy opponent but it is not like that. The reality is that at this level there is nothing easy. If they have gone through from the group stage it is for something. To the coaches, all the teams seem difficult. Atalanta is a very physical team, with great offensive potential. They are playing with three central defenders, two very good strikers like Muriel and Papu Gómez, they have gone from less to more. It is a team with a long-time coach, with very clear automatisms and it's having a good season."
Antonio Percassi, Atalanta President
“Valencia is a strong team so it’ll be a very difficult challenge. They have experience. The big guns have been avoided, but it’s still a delicate game. We hope to make a good impression. Valencia is a great Christmas gift. It was honestly the ideal opponent for us. After the 4-0 loss to Dinamo, only a fool would’ve imagined arriving here. We can say that this is a dream come true.”
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Genaro Gattuso, Napoli coach
"We will face it without fear. Barcelona is a great team, a great challenge. There will be two exciting games that we will face without fear."
Ernesto Valverde, Barcelona coach
"It is a tough opponent, as we expected, with which we have already played in the preseason, although it will have nothing to do with it. The problem with these draws is that now you assess how they are and it can be completely different in two months. They have changed their coach as they have not started very well in the league, but they have made a great Champions League. I think it is a complicated opponent that has a great atmosphere in their stadium, they have important players like Callejón, Mertens, Insigne and a lot of quality in the midfield. We'll see how we all are when the time comes."
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Txiki Begiristain, Manchester City director of football
“It's always a pleasure to play against Real Madrid, and also to play in a big stadium like the Santiago Bernabeu. We're happy to go there, of course, and we know what we are going to face, we know them very well. Also, of course, they know us and what we're doing and our manager and our team. Everybody knows each other, but it's a real pleasure to go there.”
Emilio Butragueño, Real Madrid director of Institutional Relations
"At this point is a great rival, very important in every way and for football, it will be an exciting tie. We face it with enthusiasm, trusting our players, everyone knows how special this competition is for us and for our fans. In front we will have a rival that will ask the best from us. English teams have invested a lot of money in recent years but we are Real Madrid and then we are able to face any rival. We have weeks ahead; the first game is at home and we will try to get a good result and return to Nyon for the quarterfinals draw."
Hansi Flick, Bayern Munich coach
“There’s no such thing as an easy opponent in the round of 16. Chelsea is a good team in international competitions. Of course, the quarterfinals are our goal. We have to be very focused on the task at hand so that we can survive the two games”.
Frank Lampard, Chelsea Coach
"This level of football, this level of Champions League knockout stage is a level of focus you need, absolute throughout both games. Tiny moments in a game like this can be so crucial. Of course, we want to be at our best going into the game, hopefully in good form, but the concentration levels and how we approach it will be maybe the deciding factor because I think we should be confident that we can beat Bayern Munich but understand that they are very strong. It's a tough draw, but a good draw. I think that we knew that when you get through the group stages you are generally in with some big teams. We certainly got one. We have a history with them, of course, but this will be a tie in itself that will be very testing, over two games. But we’ll be ready for the challenge."
Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool coach
"It was an interesting result. Before the draw, I thought it would be our turn to go to Madrid, against one of the two clubs in the city, and it has been that way. From Madrid we only have fantastic memories, all of us, so that's great, but this time we will play in Atlético’s home. It's difficult, but if you go through all the clashes, there are four or five potential finals. We have a good tie, with two difficult games, as it should be, but as we usually say I don't think Mr. Simeone is running through the living room of his house and happy because he has to play against Liverpool. It will be a tie between two teams used to playing intense football with different styles."
Enrique Cerezo, Atlético de Madrid President
"I believe that the vertigo has to affect Liverpool, not us. We knew that Liverpool or any other could play us. It is not the first time we have eliminated them, we already did it in the UEFA Cup. It is a great team, but we have Oblak. Liverpool is a great team, but I love playing against the big guys. I'm sure we're going to be fine."
Leonardo, PSG Sporting Director
“It's always difficult. If it was another team, maybe the speech would be the same. When we talk about a knockout stage of the Champions League, you can come across any team and it's complicated. There are very positive things on the other hand. Borussia is a team that likes to play. We have a coach who knows the atmosphere and the team very well. Even there, there is positive and negative, because it will be special for him there. We are also looking for an even more offensive game. Anything can happen. It is true that the scenario is good. Borussia is something special. Tuchel has become a great coach at Dortmund, there is a bond. Afterward, we talk about individual stories before the match. But in the end, it's PSG against Borussia.”
Lucien Favre, Borussia Dortmund coach
“There was PSG, Manchester City, Juventus Turin, Liverpool, Valencia. I heard that we wanted to take Valencia. There are only great teams left. We don't need to talk about PSG. There is not much to say about the stars they have. Neymar, Mbappé, we all know them. They are an exceptional team. We have time to think about these matches before February but I'm happy with the draw".
Rudi Garcia, Lyon coach
“We can't wait to play these games. We knew we were going to face a very big team. You will have to do the feat. We're going to play our luck bluntly. It's always good to play against the best players on the planet. It’s one of the best defenses in Europe. We are happy to play against Ronaldo. We have a great challenge to take up. It is a real pleasure to receive them. We are one of the 16 best European teams. Miralem Pjanic is a man of high quality. He is very strong technically. It’s a big force in Juventus. We're going to find Maurizio Sarri. He's a very good coach. He has a lot of experience”.
Pavel Nedved, Juventus Vice-President
"We can't complain, considering that last year we drew Atletico, but if you're not in form when the Champions League comes back around between February and March, there is little that you can do. The precedents are favorable to us, but they do not count for anything, only the form in the moment counts. The Champions League must not be an obsession, but a concrete goal. We, like other teams, want to win the final but in the Champions League one mistake can send you out. Ronaldo is a champion and when he's needed, he's always there."
Ledley King, Tottenham legend
“It’s going to be a tough task. They’re a good side and they play with a lot of pace and intensity. They’ve been a bit of a surprise package so far. It’ll be tough. You do not get much tougher than Bayern Munich. Going to Germany is tough, and Leipzig are a good side. Having been a club that has been in the Champions League for the last five or six seasons, we can use that experience. I’m quite confident. The manager has been there and done that, and he has won the Champions League. His experience will rub off on the players and hopefully help them through.”
Julian Nagelsmann, Leipzig coach
"Tottenham is a very nice and exciting tie. They're one of Europe's top teams, playing in a fantastic city with star players who have a lot of experience. It won't be easy but we're really looking forward to it, especially playing in that stadium. Spurs have a world-class manager in Jose Mourinho. The games will be exciting and we'll need to put in two top performances. We're more than capable of doing that. What a tie! We can't wait!"
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