Simeone: “Facing Madrid excites us and generates expectations”

“We have important footballers who can be seduced by Arabia”


The coach of Atlético de Madrid, Diego Pablo Simeone, has assured that facing Real Madrid this Wednesday in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup always “excites” them and generates “expectations”, and he sees it as “a possibility” that some players can “be seduced” by the Arab market.

“LaLiga is different, it is a longer competition, this one is shorter. We take everything game by game, as always, knowing that we are going to face a great rival. That excites us, excites us, and generates expectations,” he declared in the pre-match press conference.

Furthermore, he does not believe that the script of this season's league match will be repeated, when the red and whites handed Carlo Ancelotti's team their only defeat of the season so far (3-1). “In that match there were Madrid footballers who could not participate and who will surely be there tomorrow and will raise their structure as a team. Their level of play will always grow. We do not think about that match because it was three months ago, at another time, with other footballers who They probably won't play tomorrow,” he said.

In another order of things, the Argentine coach did not want to assess the unequal distribution of income from the Super Cup between Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, ​​Osasuna and the colchoneros. “Your question-answer is good, surely it would be better if Miguel Ángel -Gil Marín- and Enrique -Cerezo- answered it. I have to focus on the game, on what we have to give day by day. Nobody is going to be Regardless of these numbers tomorrow, it will matter if you win or lose. I focus on what I have to do and on doing it well,” he stressed.

On the other hand, 'Cholo' trusts that none of his players will feel attracted to Arabia and leave the red and white team. “In principle no, but the possibility is always open. We have important footballers, who can be seduced by everything that is being created around the championship in Arabia. In due time we will see what happens, which we hope is the best for the club, for the team and for the footballers,” he expressed.

Finally, he spoke about the form of his compatriot Rodrigo de Paul, who accompanied him at the press conference. “Rodrigo is an extraordinary player, he has a vision of the game like few others. He has a hierarchy and personality that position him in a special place. He has to show all this with facts. He is growing, he is having more weight. We need more from him, “We are going to demand more from him. We need this De Paul, because he is the De Paul we went to look for in Udinese,” he concluded.