Atletico seek home comforts in new arena
Atletico Madrid begin a fresh era today when their new ¤310 million (Dh1.36bn) home opens with the visit of Malaga to the Wanda Metropolitano.
Diego Simeone’s side have been forced to play their first four games of the season away as the finishing touches were made to the 68,000-capacity venue.
Work will continue outside the ground for much of the rest of the season, forcing Atletico to launch a marketing campaign this week encouraging as many fans as pos“Getafe sible to access the remote location close to the city’s airport by public transport.
“The people at the club are worried that the atmosphere is good and that everything goes perfectly, but perfection doesn’t exist,” said Simeone. “In a stadium of this size, of course we’ll have those issues, but above all outside the ground.”
Atletico have held up well under the strain of playing away as they remain unbeaten this season.
Antoine Griezmann returns from his two-game domestic suspension, whilst Atletico couldn’t have hoped for a more amenable guest as Malaga travel to the Spanish capital without a point and with coach Michel fighting for his job.
Elsewhere, Levante are aiming for their fifth win in a row at home in all competitions against Valencia, with both sides on an unbeaten run to start the campaign.
Deportivo head to Real Betis seeking their first win of the season, having shipped four at home to Real Sociedad last time out.
House move: Diego Simeone.