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Simeone opens up on special bond with Atletico Madrid: “Very strong part of my life”



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Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone are inseparable. It is the Argentine manager who took the club to the European elite and made them one of the biggest clubs in world football. Meanwhile, the club too has protected Simeone through thick and thin in return.

Los Rojiblancos have endured a difficult start to the season so far and hit a new low last week when they finished bottom of their group in the UEFA Champions League. While Simeone is under pressure, it has been reported that the administration have full faith in him.

The Argentine spoke to the media earlier this week and discussed a plethora of topics including his time at the club and behind-the-scenes secrets. Here are the snippets from his interview.

On his special bond with Atletico Madrid: “Atlético is a very strong part of my life. Sport has always accompanied me, living and wanting to progress, having more sporting ambition, looking for what is happening to me, coming to this club, taking it to the place where I always thought I could be.”

On his passion for the club: “When you’ve been identified with something for so long, it’s because you have passion. Otherwise, you wouldn’t do it. The day this goes out I’m going to one side because I don’t know how to give half. It’s all or nothing.”

On rumours about his future in the media: “You always end up reading something, it’s a lie that you don’t read anything. If I have to go by the cycle, after four years they already told me that the cycle was over.”

On his never-say-never attitude: “I believe that until the end you have to give everything. Even when you realize that people do not follow you, then you do have to run, because that place is unnecessary.”

On the challenges in the dressing room: “When we are champions, everyone goes for the search to improve their contract, and the club does not want to lose players. It is very difficult to want to support important footballers.”

On the challenges of winning a trophy Atletico: “Becoming champion with Atlético, first it’s very difficult, and then it’s complicated, because when you become champion a problem appears, not something better going forward. Since you’re not used to being champion.”

On what he looks for in a player: “I value technical quality and talent, it’s important, but the difference is absolutely emotional. Each of the players now is very different from the one we lived with so many years ago.”

On his close competitors in Spain: “They have everything and it would seem that they have everything easier, but not for them, because that’s what they lived through. We have to be close to them continuously.”

On handling club legends and veterans: “It keeps happening to me with guys who have been playing for a long time in the team, who play and think they are Maradona, and you don’t put them on and it seems like total frustration. When they have to come in, that frustration is in the brain and It doesn’t make you surrender to the best version”.

On Rodrigo De Paul: “De Paul knows that we are going to demand a lot from him. He has to show the club and the team everything he does in the Argentine National Team. What he does in the National Team is fantastic”.

On the midfielder’s performances: “Sometimes he does very well here and there are times when he has less continuity. We need him. Hopefully, he continues to improve.”

Source: DirecTV

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid



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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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