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Diego Simeone talks Atletico’s dressing room, Antoine Griezmann, and future plans ahead of Osasuna clash
As Atletico Madrid hosted bottom-placed Levante, there was a familiar tension in the air. Diego Simeone’s side has not been commanding at all against smaller opposition this season, and with the pressure of the top four looming large, the Wanda Metropolitano was visibly nervous.
What followed was 90 minutes of fights, controversy, VAR checks, but just the one goal. Unfortunately, that solitary finish was from Gonzalo Melero, who sealed the win for Levante.
As it stands, Barcelona are level on points with Atletico with a game in hand. They will travel to the southeastern coast of Spain to take on Valencia, while Simeone leads his men to Pamplona to lock horns vs Osasuna.
Ahead of the clash, the Argentine manager addressed the media as part of his pre-game press conference.
On Griezmann: “Griezmann? I prefer to think about the team. I just came from lunch with Gil and Andrea Berta. We look to the future by focusing on the present. We’re in a 14-game race in which there will surely be six or seven teams with possibilities of entering the top 4.”
On the dressing room: “The situation in the locker room is what you’d expect after a painful defeat, but everyone is excited to have a new opportunity and focus on the game against Osasuna, a team that plays very well and is in a good moment.”
On the team’s planning: “Miguel Angel Gil, Andrea Berta, and I get together once or twice a month and we talk about all the situations: good, bad, difficult, spectacular. Everything that happens to us throughout the season.”
“We, the players, managers, people and coaching staff, must focus on being together and looking for the way out of this difficult moment. It’s similar to the difficult time during the pandemic years ago, where we were sixth in the standings and finished third”.
On his motivation for the rest of the season: “The motivation to live, I have it daily. I am in a club where I want to be. Looking to the future, we try to solve the problems of the present. It’s not necessary to speak outward, We must speak inward and be clear about where we’re headed.”
On their bad form: “Despite the not-so-good moment that we are all going through, I absolutely believe in the players I have. There is a squad, we need to work well and I’m sure they’re going to do it.”
Source: Atletico Madrid
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Atletico Madrid, Chelsea contact PSG midfielder’s agent with player set to leave
Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are among the clubs that have made contact with the agent of PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes, who is set to leave this summer.
This claim comes from journalist Martin Arevalo on ESPN, who states that apart from Atletico and Chelsea, an unnamed third club have also established contact with the Argentine international’s representative.
Paredes has been on PSG’s books since January 2019, when he arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg. For a large part of his time at the French capital outfit, the midfielder had been a regular starter in the side.
However, last summer saw Paredes get shipped out on loan to Juventus. He has played 33 times for the Bianconeri this season with a return of one goal and assist apiece.
The Serie A heavyweights, who were recently hit with a 10-point deduction, have the option to purchase him permanently. But, as per the report, his relationship with manager Massimiliano Allegri is not good and a return to PSG is on the cards.
And considering that he is not in the plans back at Parc des Princes either, a permanent departure away seems set in stone for Paredes.
As such, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, and an unnamed club have shown interest in acquiring his services by making contact with the 28-year-old World Cup winner’s agent.
With Koke entering the final phase of his career and Geoffrey Kondogbia expected to leave at the end of the season, the Rojiblancos could do with reinforcements in the centre of the park.
Paredes, who has plenty of experience at the highest level and is known for his aggressive mentality, can be a good fit into Diego Simeone’s setup at the Civitas Metropolitano.
But, with Chelsea also in the picture, things could get tricky for the Colchoneros. After all, Atleti are operating on tight finances and are looking for bargain and free transfer signings in the market with the likes of Marcus Thuram, Jordi Alba, and Raphael Guerreiro emerging as targets.