Memphis Depay can participate on Tuesday evening with Atlético Madrid. The Dutch forward flew with the Spanish team to his homeland for the encounter with Feyenoord, his coach Diego Simeone confirmed in the press conference that Memphis is fit.
First, the Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel spoke: 'In Madrid, they exerted a lot of pressure on us, and that will be the case again tomorrow. They play at home, the atmosphere will be fiery, and at home, they do everything to win, to apply pressure. For us, it will be an important match because if we win, we advance to the next round.'
Then it was time for Simeone, who coaches his hundredth match in the Champions League in the service of Madrid on Tuesday. 'I always say that I hope for the best and work for it. I am proud to have experienced a hundred matches in the Champions League with Atlético because the club has played the matches consistently over the years. That is important for our people and for the club. Tomorrow, we need to understand the dangers that Feyenoord poses and know where we can cause damage ourselves.'
The coach was asked about Santiago Giménez, the goal-scoring machine in top form who was serving a suspension in the first leg between the two teams. 'He is an important player for the opponent: he scores easily, he is very strong, and he is almost always in the right place when his team attacks. We have a tough opponent, and we need to shape the game so that we can hurt Feyenoord.'
Memphis, who traveled with the team, can play a role, as confirmed by the Argentine coach in a short but powerful statement at the end. 'Yes, he can play tomorrow, of course.'