The Atlético de Madrid coach, Diego Pablo Simeone, defended his team for getting up against the setbacks of the season with a new victory this Sunday against Osasuna, demonstrating that he has the players involved and with “the motivation to play” from rojiblanco, although away from the titles.

“There is a way of living and above all of feeling Atlético. This is Atlético de Madrid. It can go wrong, it can go wrong again but we must not stop insisting. Do not stop fighting. It is true that we are out of the Champions, of the Copa del Rey, but when everyone asks me what the motivation is now, the motivation is to play for Atlético de Madrid. Until it is, I have no doubt that I will demand that,” he said at a press conference in El Sadar.

The Madrid team got up from the far post of the season, suffered this week with the elimination in the Copa del Rey against Real Madrid after extra time, thanks to a goal from Saúl Ñíguez in minute 74. “He has always given everything, to Sometimes it has turned out better and other times worse. Today he entered a strong and beautiful moment and resolved with the pure movement of what he is. A midfielder with an arrival, with a goal, makes us happy. Hopefully he can support him and that he takes me to the situation of having more difficulties to assemble the team”, he said about the author of the goal and the three points.

The player from Elche was just this week in the rumors of a possible departure in the final stretch of the winter market. “At no time have we commented on this type of situation, I don’t know if he has it in his head, there are a few days left for the long-awaited stop (for the market to end). We hope to stay with those who want to be here and compete as they are competing, “The team has been managing an ascending line. With a much more recognized identity, with a better desire and illusion”, he stated.

On the other hand, the ‘Cholo’ was asked about the contribution of two veterans like Koke and Griezmann. “They have been the pillars of the team for many years. They have given me a lot and I have a special affection for them, for what they have continuously given to the club. They are players that we need to be well, fresh, they begin to infect things “, he pointed out.

“Beyond the two of them there were very good performances: De Paul, Molina, Giménez, Hermoso, Carrasco… We live on the illusion and the illusion is not taken away from me by anyone while I am here,” he added, with one more message for a member of the rojiblanco team. “This victory is for Fernando, our podiatrist, who is in a difficult moment. We are with him,” he concluded.