The coach of Atlético de Madrid, Diego Pablo Simeone, has assured that they have “great respect for Real Madrid” but “much more respect” for their fans, which is why they will not stand in for the whites as champions of LaLiga Santander in the meeting that will face them this Sunday at the Wanda Metropolitano.

“These questions always try to generate a bit of controversy. The club made a very specific, perfect statement. We congratulate Real Madrid, the players and their coaching staff, who have done an impressive job. I have great respect for Real Madrid because He has just become champion, but it is clear that we have much more respect for our people, who are the ones who are with us,” he declared at a press conference.

For this reason, he called to evade all that controversy. “We are at a decisive moment of the season, there are four ‘finals’ left of that ‘league of 14’ that we are considering, and tomorrow we will face the derby with great enthusiasm, with great enthusiasm and with a great desire to take the game to where we believe that we can harm them. We will try to avoid everything that is being said about the situation, because what concerns us is the result,” he said.

“They are ways of life. I don’t know if this is done in other parts of the world. Each society is different, and the Spanish may have respect and want to show congratulations to the rival with this corridor. Where I come from, it is not used, we live otherwise,” he added about the hallway.

The Argentine coach insisted on focusing on the goal of securing the ‘Champions’ for next season. “We know it’s going to be very tough until the end, very hard fought. Real Sociedad, Villarreal, Sevilla, Barcelona, ​​Betis… We will also be in that search for a priority objective for the club, which is in our planning I hope we can experience it like we have since I arrived, game by game,” he said.

In another order of things, Simeone believes that despite the efforts of the Madridistas in the Champions League and that there will possibly be rotations, “the structure is not going to change and the way of playing is not going to change.” “He has a great coach with clear ideas. The names vary, but the proposal will not change,” he pointed out.

“Many times we face a rival that is very strong, whose strength we continue to see. It is always exciting to face an important rival like Real Madrid, and even more so after becoming champions”, he continued.

Finally, he invited the team to “express themselves in the best way”. “We want him to be strong, focused and competitive, and from there good things will happen,” he said, before being very concise on what he conveys to the less experienced players before the derby. “You have to win,” he said.