Atlético de Madrid coach Diego Pablo Simeone assured on Monday that he prefers to focus “on the game” and “not on so many situations seen on TV” when it comes to measuring himself in a “tough” game against FC Barcelona that it has “extraordinary soccer players” and against which it does not give importance to the moment that each one can drag currently.
“I do not stop to analyze so many situations that are seen on TV, I look at the game and in the first half against Celta (the one from Barça) it was very good, I am guided by that first half,” Simeone explained at the wheel. of the pre-match press about the possible clash between Leo Messi and Quique Setien’s second, Eder Sarabia.
The Argentine indicated that in the second half in Balaídos “another game was seen” because of fatigue and the improvement of the Galician team, and he avoided commenting on “what happens in other locker rooms”, also altered by the departure of Arthur Melo. “We need to have our protected and take care of it and manage the emotions of each of the athletes, which is what I consider most important,” he said.
“I would not tell you,” he said when asked how he would handle some type of controversy with a player on his roster. “I would try to resolve it naturally in the field of dressing room, training, with a coffee in between or in any informal chat,” he remarked, without going into the performance of Antoine Griezmann with respect to what he gave at Atlético. “I do not see Barcelona continuously to open a comment, I focus on Atlético, which is the most important thing we have,” he settled.
In the purely sports, the ‘Cholo’ does not think they are more favorites at the Campo Nou for their best moment of form and results. “I do not cling to dynamics, I cling to tomorrow’s game, which will be very hard against one of the best, or the best in the world. We are going to meet extraordinary footballers who have been winning the League for three or four years and who have not They will lower their arms until the end of the season because they are used to winning and because they are very good, “he warned.
Simeone recalled that they have already played “many matches” against the Catalan team and that they will not “vary much” from what they usually do, with a “strong, defensive team and with many midfielders.” “I already think that only what will be in the field comes out,” he said.
The Atlético coach has not yet won in the domestic tournament at Barça, but he will also face his thirteenth visit to a stadium where he has not been able to win either. “Every game with any very important team generates enthusiasm, enthusiasm, and that will not change absolutely anything for the preparation of the game and always thinking of taking the game where we can do damage,” he said.
In addition, he played down the fact that he had beaten his rival in Champions League duels because in those two heats they “didn’t” win at the Camp Nou either. “We know what happens in defeat and we still do not know the happiness of when it is your turn to win,” he said.
On the other hand, the mattress coach made it clear, after surpassing the record for league victories at the Luis Aragonés club, that he does not stop “in what is happening”. “The worst thing that can happen to someone is to look back and believe that everything that happened is what is going to sustain you. Football is today and they will not value you for what you did, I have the same illusion that eight years ago when I got on a plane to come here “
“What will continue to support us is to transmit what is transmitted, to win and to have that internal competition that keeps a strong group despite the fact that important footballers have left. The match after match is what constantly excites us”, the former soccer player continued.
The ‘Cholo’ stressed that the “team worked well in quarantine” and that the “plan” they had prepared has worked for him, although he sees it “all related to the result”, without forgetting the importance of having five changes that have caused the group has “consolidated”. “It allows us to have variants. Whoever comes in responds brilliantly and that will make us better in this tournament that is ending,” he admitted.
“We have always been close that they could tie us and in some we have been able to win with more advantage, but we always compete and as long as that is maintained, it is the path that Atlético always had,” added Simeone.