Premiership Bolton Wanderers confront Spanish giants Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the last 32 tie in the UEFA Cup at the Vicente Calderon on Thursday evening and the clash appears to be boil over with the Spanish scribes hitting at Bolton’s unsavoury techniques.
The Spanish dailies have been raving that Bolton would try and play dirty in order to preserve their 1-0 win in the first leg but Bolton boss Gary Megson has blasted this notion and retorts that it is Atletico and not Bolton who play foul.
There were quotes after our game about the refereeing performance and the fact that one or two issues were raised after the game, albeit by the opposition.
The feistiness, any of that, is nothing to do with Bolton Wanderers. I saw the game here on Sunday between Atletico and Athletic Bilbao, there were six bookings and one sending off, somebody sent off a few days before for spitting.
There’s absolutely nothing I need to reproach my players or the football club for. Any feistiness will not come from ourselves, anything in terms of indiscipline I can guarantee won’t come from ourselves.
We’ve had nobody sent off since I’ve been manager of the football club, and there have been very few bookings and I find all this very strange.
Atletico are still the favourites for this match although they would have to stop Bolton from getting a vital away goal. With Atletico’s class and individual talent, you would expect them to rock tiny Bolton at home.