Diogo Dalot shares what values he sees at Atletico that are similar to Porto
Manchester United right-back Diogo Dalot can see similarities in the values Diego Simeone has instilled at Atletico Madrid with his former club Porto.
After Ralf Rangnick rotated against Leeds United on Sunday with tonight’s Champions League clash against Los Rojiblancos in mind, Dalot will be hoping to come back into the starting line-up at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka came back into the side against the Whites to make first appearance since starting against Wolves in the first match of 2022.
Dalot made eight appearances for the Porto first team before joining the Red Devils in the summer of 2018 for £19m (BBC Sport).
The Portuguese international can see the similar battling qualities in Simeone’s side that he experienced coming through the ranks at Porto.
Speaking on United Daily, Dalot said: “Every time I think [about] Atletico – the values of the club from what I can see from the outside and the way that they express themselves – related to the manager [Diego Simeone] – I see some Porto values in there.
“I see the desire of winning every single ball, hunting everyone, being there defending. Not having problems being there for 90 minutes and fighting for each other and trying to win every single ball as it is the last.
“I can see some things from Porto that I saw from my academy times, so it gives me good energy which is good and threatening for us [Manchester United].
“We need to keep an eye on it and be ready for everything because they’re a fantastic team not just in La Liga, but in Champions League they’ve been doing fantastically.
“So we have to be prepared for everything. It’s going to be a very good game to watch I’m sure and hopefully we can go through.”
Atletico Madrid enquired about signing Dalot in the January transfer window.
According to the Athletic, Simeone liked the fact that United’s right-back has the versatility to play both full-back positions.
El Cholo also wanted United’s number 20 to replace Kieran Trippier who departed for the newly-rich Newcastle last month.
Simeone could potentially see first hand tonight how good Diogo Dalot is.