Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey has revealed his club game plan against Arsenal clash in the Europa League.
Atletico Madrid was reduced to ten men after Sime Vrsaljko was shown a red card at the Emirate Stadium last week and coach Diego Simeone was also sent to the stand before the opening 20 minute of the match.
Simeone had already put a plan in place in the event of such occurrence and they had already trained with a man down in preparation for the Europa League semi-final first leg.
"The thing a lot of people don't know about Simeone is that his instincts are always right,"
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"We trained playing 10 vs 11 the day before the game and he kept telling us that we might end up a man down and it came earlier than expected."
Ghana midfielder Thomas has excelled this season under Simeone and paid tribute to the Argentine's methods.
"I feel so privileged being trained by such a coach," he continued.
"For some time now, the media always talks about how well players are paid and how we live a luxurious life but, for those who know me, I keep saying that every player will improve like me if they train under him.
"I don't know what other clubs do but every training session is a battle here because the team keeps changing based on how hard you train and perform in games," Partey
told The Independent.
Simeone and his troops will welcome the Gunners at the Wanda Metropolitano for the second leg of the clash on Thursday.