International midfielder issues Champions League warning to Barcelona

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has warned Barcelona that Diego Simeone’s side are out to unsettle the Catalan giants in their Champions League return this week.

While Atleti lost the first leg of their UCL quarter-final double header 2-1, Koke has insisted that his side believe that they can turn the tie around.

“We believe in the comeback,” Koke told Canal Plus [as per AS]. “The team is as psyched as can be.

“We can definitely take the tie home.”

Atletico took the lead through Fernando Torres, but the former Liverpool striker was dismissed for a second yellow card during the first half, leaving his side in the lurch.

Barca responded through Luis Suarez, before the Uruguayan striker—another Reds old boy—fired the Catalan giants into the lead.

However, the reigning European giants have demonstrated their fallibility in recent weeks, losing back-to-back matches against fierce rivals Real Madrid, before being defeated 1-0 by Real Sociedad on Saturday.

Atletico and Barca came head to head in the quarter-finals in the 2013-14 season, with the former prevailing and advancing to face neighbours Real Madrid in the final, where they fell to defeat in the final.

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