Diego Simeone exudes confidence ahead of last-16 draw

The likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Manchester City could await Atletico Madrid in the second round of the Champions League

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone   -  Getty Images

Diego Simeone is undaunted by the prospect of a tough encounter in the last-16 of the Champions League, after Atletico Madrid missed out on the top spot in Group A.

Atletico was on top heading into the final matchweek, but Tuesday's 0-0 draw against Club Brugge handed the initiative to Borussia Dortmund.

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It means Simeone's men will face a group winner in the first knockout round, with PSG a potential opponent and Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Juventus aiming to cement first place in their own sections on Wednesday.

However, Atletico has long made a habit of upsetting better-resourced clubs under its Argentinian head coach.

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"I'm happy because we have reached the last 16 and that is very important for the club," Simeone told Movistar.

"The club needed to be in the second round so we have to be happy that we are. Now we must wait and see who we will play and keep trying to improve."

Atletico is three points shy of leaders Barcelona in La Liga and travels to Valladolid on Saturday.

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