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Simeone talks Griezmann, Joao Felix, Witsel, Savic, Gimenez ahead of Sevilla vs Atletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid return to action after the international break on Saturday when they travel to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to face off against Julien Lopetegui’s Sevilla side.

Both Atletico and Sevilla have had underwhelming starts to the season, though the case of the latter is direr.

Los Rojiblancos currently sit seventh on the league table with three wins in six games, while the hosts are fifteenth with just five points. Needless to say, tomorrow’s game will be critical for both sides’ campaigns.

Diego Simeone addressed the press ahead of his team’s weekend clash and spoke about topics ranging from Antoine Griezmann to Julien Lopetegui. Here are the snippets from his press interaction.

On whether it is difficult to manage the Griezmann situation: “There is really no difficulty, we choose those who we think have to start, those who have to come on and from there the only thing that matters is the result.”

On Axel Witsel’s position: “We have the option of playing with him in the libero or in the middle, introducing himself as a deep central midfielder and defending as a libero. It is an option that the player gives us when he is on the field.”

On whether the return of Savic and Gimenez would lead to a four-man defence: “The return of Savic and Gimenez does not condition, because they can play with three or four. [They can play] with Reinildo as they have been doing and with Carrasco on the left. That can be four or five, depending on the situation.”

On Joao Felix: “Joao returned to training yesterday and today. Let’s hope that when he has to play he will do it in the best way. The club, the people and we as a team are very excited to see the best Joao Félix and it will depend on what he can do for us to give.”

On Julien Lopetegui’s difficult period: “Football is what it is and Sevilla have had to play many important, difficult, complex games, with many difficulties and with great rivals as well. Lopetegui is a great coach, he has been doing very well at Sevilla in recent years.”

On Sevilla: “I see the rival committed above all to their work, the game against Villarreal shows it, the one against Espanyol too, in these last two games they have obtained positive results in difficulty. Tomorrow we know what we are going to find.”

On the continuously changing starting lineup: “This depends on where you want to position yourself. The other day I read how well Real Madrid do because they rotate continuously. So, the result ends up placing a question on one side or the other, but the reality is the same.”

On players focussing on the World Cup: “If they tell me that I’m thinking about the World Cup all the time, I say yes, but when a game starts, you forget about the World Cup, like when you go to play ball with friends and forget what’s going on in the family.”

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Atletico Madrid have made enquiries for 26-year-old Premier League defender

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According to Diario AS, Atletico Madrid are among the clubs interested in the services of Caglar Soyuncu. It appears the Rojiblancos are determined to reinforce their options in the defensive unit, with the Leicester City star emerging as one of the options.

The report suggests Atletico have asked about Soyuncu’s environment over a potential move to the Civitas Metropolitano in the near future. The club’s sporting director Andrea Berta had met Mustaga Bogru, who was the former representative of the player.

Although Soyuncu’s environment has claimed that the two parties are closing in on a final agreement, Atletico have denied the reports. But they are actively trying to sign the defender in January or at the end of the season, when he will be a free agent.

Diego Simeone’s interest in signing a new defender stems from the uncertainty looming around the future of some of his central defenders, including Mario Hermoso and Felipe. Hence, Soyuncu has become a viable option to partner Stefan Savic at the Metropolitano.

The club from the capital are tilting towards the same operation they had for Reinildo, which is to sign the player on a cut-price fee in the winter window.

Following Atleti’s elimination from the UEFA Champions League, though, Los Colchoneros do not have much capital to splurge in the upcoming January transfer window. As such, they are favouring a move at the end of the season when Caglar Soyuncu would become a free agent.

Formerly of VfB Stuttgart, Soyuncu has featured in 125 competitive matches for Leicester City since joining the club in the summer of 2018. Atletico Madrid were one of the clubs who were interested in the defender, shortly before his move to King Power Stadium.

Although Simeone’s side were unable to sign the defender, they are in contention to snap up the Turkish international in the coming year, especially with the player himself more than keen on taking the next step in his career.

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