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Sergio Aguero backs Atletico Madrid to dump Barcelona out of Champions League race

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Sergio Aguero backs former club Atletico Madrid to dump Barcelona out of the Champions League

Aguero has lent support to Atletico Madrid to bust the Champions League wide open on Wednesday by defeating Barcelona to join Manchester City in the semi-finals.

Despite a missed Aguero penalty during Tuesday’s quarter-final second-leg victory against Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium, City progressed to the Champions League last four for the first time courtesy of Kevin De Bruyne’s late winner against the French champions.

With Real Madrid overturning a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Wolfsburg to win 3-0 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate, City are already faced with the prospect of a semi-final tie against Cristiano Ronaldo and co. later this month.

But with Barcelona travelling to the Vicente Calderon tonight knowing that a 1-0 Atletico victory will take Diego Simeone’s team through at their expense, former Atleti forward Aguero claims his old club can eliminate the favourites and progress to the semis.

“I obviously hope the best team goes through, but Atleti, in the last few years, have improved a lot and I think they can give Barcelona a really tough game,” Aguero said. “I played for Atletico and I want them to do well.

“They are playing really well and additionally they have an Argentine in charge in El Cholo (Simeone).

“I am happy with how he has taken Atletico forward and I hope he can keep doing so.”

City will go into Friday’s semi-final draw as underdogs, unless Benfica unexpectedly join them in the last four by defeating Bayern Munich in Lisbon tonight.




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