The Argentine admits his side’s personality is well understood, but he is not going to change anything for the trip to Anfield.
Diego Simeone has no plans to spring any surprises with his strategic approach in Atletico Madrid’s crunch second-leg clash against Liverpool from the Champions League.
Atletico won the first last-16 experience 1-0, with Saul Niguez’s early attack the gap at the Wanda Metropolitano since the holders and Premier League leaders suffered a rare loss.
The La Liga side surrendered a 2-0 first-leg edge against Italian champions Juventus in precisely the exact same stage of last year’s contest, with head coach Simeone eager to prevent a repeat at Anfield on Wednesday.
He conceded that surprise won’t be a weapon at his disposal against Jurgen Klopp’s side, however, the 49-year-old has confidence in his tried and tested methods that procured a route to the final in 2014 and 2016.
“Whether we can change how we perform, Liverpool will understand pretty clearly how we will play,” the Argentine told a news conference.
“They know pretty much what our strategies will be going into the match after being here for eight decades. If we begin well, we must keep it up.
“You understand pretty much what I will do, I don’t believe our line-up will be too far off what you think it is going to be.
“The game will demand that we’re on our top shape. We’ll see what type of game we play and the strategies we embrace. We believe we could hurt them.
“There’s a Plan B, of course. However, if I tell you my plans for a match, it would not be logical, would it?”
Reflecting on his side’s exit at the hands of Juve 12 weeks ago, Simeone is optimistic about a more positive outcome this time around as they try to get to the quarter-finals of the contest for the first time because of 2017.
“We could not play in Turin, they never let us compete,” he added. “Hopefully [on Wednesday] they’ll let us compete and that is going to help us remain competitive.
“Adventures in life always help you. However, you need to be certain that you don’t repeat the errors you’ve done before.”