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Pimienta: "We have to put in a more than complete performance to get something positive against Atleti"

García Pimienta assessed the match at the Cívitas Metropolitano and emphasized that getting a good result depends on "being competitive and proactive, knowing how to suffer when they have the ball, and not losing focus at any moment during the match."

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García Pimienta appeared in the press room at the Ciudad Deportiva on Friday, where he stated that "to beat Atleti, we have to play an impeccable game on our part and hope they don't have their best day. They are a team that will fight, at least, for the second place in the table, they play in the Champions League, and they are fighting for the Copa del Rey."We were fortunate to have a magnificent game here in the first round, hopefully it will be the same again, but for that, we must be proactive, brave, and stay focused during the match," he added.

Here are some of his statements:

"Atleti doesn't have a very deep squad, and they're used to playing Wednesday-Sunday, which shows the great potential they have. Morata's absence is important for them, I won't deny it, but in no way does it diminish their potential. They dominate in all aspects; we have to put in a more than complete performance to get something positive."

"Campaña is coming back from a long-term injury, but he has immense quality, he's here to bring experience, and he can provide us with more solutions in midfield."

"The guys show me that they've been able to compete in every stadium; that's the greatness of these players. We're very eager to be in this category; we've been promoted to play these types of matches, and the group has earned the right to go to a stadium like tomorrow's and face a team like Atlético Madrid."

"I'm very happy for Álex and his renewal; he's a guy who doesn't complain and performs whether he plays as a center-back or full-back, he's a homegrown player, and he feels the colors. He's performing at an excellent level. Kirian is an emblem in this club, and the renewal is an example of the club's confidence in a player like him."