Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Real Madrid has best squad in Europe: Simeone

Real Madrid has best squad in Europe: Simeone

Griezmann, who scored the equaliser in Atletico's 1-1 draw with Real Madrid on Sunday, has been heavily linked with Barcelona but strongly denied rumours claiming he had already agreed to join the La Liga leaders.

Atletico visit Real at the Santiago Bernabeu today, having gone four matches without a defeat in the league at their opponents' backyard.

Atletico Madrid is competing in the UEFA Europa League, where they beat Sporting CP 2-0 on Thursday at Wand Metropolitano Stadium in the first leg of the competition's quarter-final.

Gareth Bale, Lucas Vazquez and Maro Asensio are all in line for a start, with Isco, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema all rested.

Griezmann, who has a 100-million euro ($123 million) buyout clause in his contract, said last month that he would decide on a move before the World Cup which starts on 14 June.

Ronaldo tested Jon Oblak from distance in the 20th minute while Varane came close to open the scoring in the 28th minute.

Real could have gone into the break with a one-goal lead but Marcelo saw his curling effort rattle against the crossbar two minutes before halftime. We know how they play and we just have to go for a win.

Griezmann netted for the third season in succession in the fixture to snatch a 1-1 draw for Diego Simeone's men, converting when Keylor Navas saved from Vitolo in the 57th minute - only four minutes on from Ronaldo volleying Madrid ahead.

Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has rubbished reports claiming a move to Barcelona is already in place but says he wants his future sorted before the World Cup in Russian Federation later this year.

Navas then had to keep out a strike from Koke as the visitors looked to complete the turnaround at the Bernabeu.

Atletico's response was stunning and, after Navas pawed a speculative Saul Niguez shot to safety, they ensured Madrid's lead was short-lived. Bale nearly had it but put a hard header wide, while Sergio Ramos nodded past from a corner and saw his curling free-kick tipped over by Oblak.

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