Man Utd coach Rangnick excited for first battle against Atletico Madrid boss Simeone

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick is excited to pit his tactics against Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone for the first time.

The two European giants will face off in the Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday.

“In those 11 years he has won trophies with a clear identity and with a recognisable playing style,” Rangnick told journalists. “And I don’t think this has changed in the last years.

“There is always an emotional side and this also reflects the character of the manager – Diego Simeone is probably one of the most emotional managers in Europe.

“The style and the way that his teams have always performed reflects those emotions that he tries to bring into the team, and this is what it’s all about. We need to match the levels of energy and emotions in both games and this is what we have to be aware of.

“I will try to prepare our team, my team, for exactly that kind of challenge. It will be physical, it will be emotional. We have to be mentally strong in both games, even more so when we play away.

“We haven’t played against each other as of yet but I have always admired what he has achieved. In 11 years with Atletico, I think he has changed that club completely into one of the most respected clubs in Europe. As I said, I am forwarding to the two games.”

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