The Argentine coach of Atletico Madrid discussed with the journalists the results of his team's confrontation against Barcelona.
As part of the tenth round of the Spanish La Liga, Atletico Madrid hosted the Catalan Barcelona at home, which they had never beat in the championship under the guidance of Argentine specialist Diego Simeone. The game ended with a minimal victory for “mattress” (1: 0), and the mentor himself shared his emotions at the post-match press conference. His words are quoted by the publication Diario AS.
“In football, you have to take one game at a time. Sometimes you win, other times you might lose,” Diego Simeone began his reply to the question if this victory has taken the pressure off. "I'm very happy with the effort the team made, the way we read the game, our positioning in attack and defence and the players' understanding between them,” said Atletico coach. “There were some nice moves, like the one which led to Llorente hitting the bar. A goal arrived and that gave us some leeway to go in search of a second goal, which didn't come and so Barcelona always had a chance of getting back into the game and winning it."
Assessing the potential of his players, the Argentinean specialist did not hide his emotions. He said that all the players are crucial for the team: Felipe, who played less often last season, Lodi, who will undoubtedly be important, is gradually entering the Kondogbia field, Saul is in his best form, Correa shows extraordinary growth, not to mention João Felix or Costa's enthusiasm when he entered the game as a substitute. Semione says that his players inspire him because he sees that they want to find themselves in Semione’s football.
Simeone says with respect about the opponent in the reporting meeting, saying he always expects Barcelona to play better. He thinks that both teams were looking towards the central zone and Atletico was more successful in holding the ball there, trying to break through in the attack.
Simeone spoke with admiration of his first victory over Barcelona in the championship as a coach, saying they missed a lot of victories before, although they were always very close. He believes that his team played to win with full dedication, which is what they always strive for.
The mentor also expressed his opinion about the upcoming game of his team in the Champions League, saying his team is very well assembled, but they need to continue the fight.