Tomás Reñones, the man in charge of Institutional Relations at Atlético Madrid gave his thoughts on the outcome of today’s Champions League group stage draw which promises a new re-encounter with Liverpool.
FC Porto and AC Milan complete a group comprising four of European football’s classic sides and one of the most attractive groups in this season’s tournament. And for extra spice, Luis Suárez will be facing his old club once again, this time with Atleti.
“It’s an interesting draw, with great teams and champions – that’s what the Champions League is all about,” Reñones said. “It’s the Champions League and in these draws you expect to find yourself up against giant clubs who have made their mark in the competition. It’s a great motivation for us, we want to enjoy a great campaign. I think we are in a competition with the best teams – every time a ball was drawn [in our group], it was a very good club. Sometimes that motivates you more”.
But Reñones didn’t want to look any further than Atleti’s hopes of getting through the group stage. “In our work, we take one day at a time – that’s not to say we don’t have aspirations, we do because we are Atlético, but the only thing we are looking ahead to is the next game, the Champions League is still a way off. We will see how the games pan out, for each matchday we will study our opponents and work on each game”.