Atletico Madrid v Bolton Preview
Gary Megson is less than impressed with Atletico Madrid's 'strange' behaviour ahead of Thursday's UEFA Cup tie. The Bolton manager told Sky Sports that "There's been a lot going on but we just want to get over there and hopefully come back with a good result."
Ill-feeling between Bolton and Atletico seems to stem from the controversy surrounding Sergio Aguero’s dismissal for spitting in the fiery first-leg clash at the Reebok.
Events took a strange turn yesterday when Atletico posted Bolton's full trip itinerary - including their flight number and arrival time in Madrid, plus the name of their hotel and training schedule - on their official club website. This has led to allegations regarding the Spaniards' level of sportsmanship in the British media this week.
Megson said “We’ve never even contemplated putting any one else's itinerary on our website. It's very strange. The goings on since the result last week have been strange.
"I don't know what anybody is trying to achieve by doing it. It's an absolute nonsense,"
"The criticism of the referee was nonsense as well. It was called British officiating and that was the reason we beat Atletico - and yet the referee was from Denmark.
Atletico must overturn a 0-1 deficit at the Vicente Calderon following their away defeat in the first leg when Bolton striker El-Hadji Diouf scored the only goal 16 minutes from time. Atletico have cause for optimism, their recent home form in Europe is impressive. They have won all of their last seven European ties at the Vicente Calderon, scoring 16 goals in the process and conceding just one.
Atletico are enjoying one of their better seasons in the Primera Liga where they currently sit in fourth spot, two points behind third-placed Villarreal.
Atletico will have to do without Sergio Aguero and Raul Garcia through suspension, and Leo Franco, Georgios Seitaridis, Juan Valera, Ze Castro, Thiago Motta and Simao Sabrosa through injury.
UEFA have confirmed that Aguero has been handed a two match ban for unsporting behaviour.