Atlético de Madrid General Manager Clemente Villaverde gave his reaction to the outcome of this afternoon’s Europa League draw in which the Rojiblancos were paired with Arsenal in the semi-finals.
“It will save our season because in the Premier League we are not doing well”.
Arsenal’s semi-final came out of the hat second, meaning they would be the “away” team in Lyon on May 16 if they advanced.
Arsenal, the leading scorers in the competition, did not have an effort on target in the first 70 minutes, and Laurent Koscielny wasted a glorious chance before Welbeck struck.
Having lost 1-0 to Sporting in the second leg of the Europa League quarter-final, Atletico are not invincible.
Wenger said, “Maybe we were surprised by the intensity at the start”.
Arsenal fans were clearly impressed with Golovin over the two legs, and see him as an “Arsenal type player”.
The other tie will be Marseille v Salzburg. “It’s never enough. You could see this week in Europe that you had a lot of turnarounds and you need to be completely focused, so let’s be prepared and see who we play”. They are a rival very similar to us. At 2-1 we looked good to get to 2-2 and we did.
The Reds beat Pep Guardiola’s champions-in-waiting with victories in both legs, culminating in a stunning 5-1 aggregate scoreline – and now they’ll face Roma, who they last played in the 2001/02 group stage.
That game will take place on April 26, while the return leg will be at the Wanda Metropolitano on May 3.
However, Jean-Kevin Augustin made it 3-2 – meaning Leipzig were through on away goals with the aggregate score being 3-3.
Four goals from the hosts in 20 minutes turned the game on its head, though, and Salzburg should take huge confidence into their clash with Marseille.