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Simeone admits Atletico are under pressure

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Atletico fell to a surprise defeat at Olympiacos. Credit: PA

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has admitted defeat in their Champions League opener at Olympiacos has piled the pressure on his side ahead of their next fixture against Juventus.

The Argentinian told the club's official website: "Olympiacos start from a very strong position to qualify and it makes us more uncomfortable to play at home against Juventus, who also started from a good position."

"I think the team attacked well, they had very clear chances in the first half, but they were hard on the attack.

"Olympiacos were precise when scoring and we weren't with the chances we had."

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Foster plays down injury worries

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster has played down surgery fears after suffering a fractured thumb.

Foster was forced to return from England duty during the recent international break due to the injury but believes he can cope with the problem with the aid of pain-killing jabs.

There was a little bit of bone that I chipped off it in training, which is a little bit unfortunate.

Hopefully I won't need surgery. I am managing it pretty well and getting some injections in it to kill the pain, so it's fine.

It is the way it is and I just have to hope it heals itself.

I'm hopeful it will and the doctors are as well, so that's that.

– Ben Foster Birmingham Mail

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Januzaj aiming to impress LVG

Adnan Januzaj hopes his determination will impress Louis van Gaal after he scored a hat-trick for Manchester United Under-21s.

The 19-year-old came off the bench against QPR on Sunday and little more than 24 hours later was playing for the Under-21 side against Sunderland in a 4-0 win.

Of course, I played a lot of games last season and I'm trying to impress the manager once again and get games again this year as well.

I tried to do my best. Obviously, even if it's reserves level, I always have to show myself and improve. I got a hat-trick but I think I worked hard defensively as well and these are the kind of things I have to do now and at first-team level.

I don't for it for any other people but for myself. I look after my [performance]. Even if I have to play Under-18s, I have to do it and try to improve every time I play.

– Adnan Januzaj
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