Duo fit to face Atletico Madrid but defender remains sidelined

‘Of course t’s a big test,’ added the German. ‘They are an experienced club at his level with an experienced coach. Hopefully it brings out the best in us.

‘We will do things our way, they will do things their way. It’s clear what you get when you play Atletico: fighting, experience, a team with a good mentality.

‘Clearly it’s a disadvantage for Atletico Madrid to lose their home ground for the first leg. We don’t have to talk around that, it’s obvious.

‘I think we are well equipped [to compete in the Champions League], I love what I see on a daily basis at Cobham. I love what I feel, I love what I see with the intensity, the quality and the hunger in training.