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Trippier praises Atletico’s mentality after comeback draw against Juve

Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier has praised the mentality of the team as they came from two goals down to share the spoils against Juventus. The Spanish outfit appeared on course to suffer a defeat during their opening group stage game of the Champions League but they managed to salvage a point after Stefan Savic and Hector Herrera scored in the final 20 minutes.

Speaking after the 2-2 draw, Trippier revealed that there is a fighting spirit within the squad and that mentality comes through the manager, who has encouraged a high level of workrate right from the training sessions, he told The Mail: "We didn't stop, we didn't change, we kept on going, we always believed. It shows great mentality to pull it back against a fantastic team.

“Since I came here, the mentality of the group, the coaching staff, Cholo [Simeone] has been immense. In training it's 100 miles an hour, we never stop, and we do exactly the same thing in games. When we went 2-0 down we knew we'd get opportunities. We kept on going and the crowd were fantastic as well – I've never experienced anything like it.”

Atletico spent £220m on new purchases during the summer transfer window and half of that amount contributed towards the recruitment of Joao Felix from Benfica. The teenager has managed just one goal and one assist this season but there is nonetheless the expectation that he would come good for the Madrid giants, once he has adapted to the league.

Meanwhile, Juventus spent wisely during the summer with the focus on strengthening the defence and midfield. Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot were pursued on Bosman moves to boost the options in the centre of the park but it was Matthijs de Ligt, who made the headlines after he made the switch from Ajax. The Dutchman was one of three central defensive signings alongside Merih Demiral and Cristian Romero. The latter was sent on loan to Genoa for the season.