Atletico seek home com­forts in new arena

Sport360 - - Football | La Liga | Europa - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 ed­i­to­rial@sport360.com

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.

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