Atletico Madrid believe that Fulham are nothing but a team of rejects, Guillem Balague told Revista.
Cottagers are favourites, argues Guillem
Guillem Balague told Revista
that Atletico Madrid are "overconfident" heading into Wednesday night's Europa League final against Fulham, who he believes could come away with a first major trophy in their 131-year history.
Both sides rested players ahead of the Hamburg decider, with the strike duo of Diego Forlan and Sergio Aguero set to return. And having defeated Liverpool in the semi-finals Guillem says Atletico think they have beaten the strongest of the two English sides.
"Their feeling is one of overconfidence," Guillem told Revista
. "They look at the Fulham side and players such as Zamora and Murphy, and say they are rejects. But they shouldn't forget that against Liverpool they were inferior. I think Fulham could be favourites."
However, Terry Gibson feels it could be a tough night for the Cottagers if Atletico can hit top gear in Germany, and states they are stronger at the back since the arrival of Quique Sanchez Flores.
"It will be a difficult game for Fulham if Atletico Madrid perform at their best," said Terry. "It's a big game and Forlan, Simao, Aguero and Reyes are all big-game players.
"Atletico are loaded with attacking talent and since Flores came in they've been more consistent and harder to break down in defence. He's sorted out the back four and brought in 20-year-old Álvaro Domínguez, which has solved their central defensive problems."