Atletico Madrid coach Diego Pablo Simeonesurprised this Friday qualify Real Madrid as the “best team in the world”. In an interview with ESPN before the derby, he spoke about his colleague Carlo Ancelotti and Merengue president Florentino Perez. “They have an outstanding coach who manages the group very well. “They have a very strong president, Florentino manages and manages the best club in the world.”
“I admire him for the way he continues to demand that the players who are in Madrid compete (…) Ronaldo goes, Ronaldo goes. Ramos leaves and Ramos leaves,” said the Argentine, who also directed, for example, Farewell to Iker Casillas. “They leave, but the club continues to exist because they handle it and handle it in an exemplary manner“Added Cholo.
Asked about his 12 seasons at Colchonero, the Argentine coach admitted that “the hardest and the biggest wear and tear” is the “responsibility” of managing Atlético Madrid. “When the games are over I don’t know if I’m happy because we won or because we got rid of responsibility for a game we should have won.“.
As for Antoine Griezmann, the red-and-white coach said that “Haaland and Mbappe” may be higher than him, but he does not dare to name “much more.” “I don’t know how many people there might be better than him today… it makes us better.” And I hope we can sustain it,” he added of the French international, a vital player for Atletico Madrid.
Moreover, in other matters Simeone admitted that they were “lucky” to stop Jude. Bellingham in a Copa del Rey match – a formula that he will try to put into practice this Sunday during his visit to the Santiago Bernabeu. “The truth is that we are lucky. He is an extraordinary player, he has something that is very difficult to find, which is the arrival of the second line. He is in a club where he has everything to continue to improve and I really like that,” said the Buenos Aires native, who noted the “moment of falling asleep” as the happiest moment of the day: “no one talks to me there “
Simeone, who emphasized the psychological strength his Argentine players gained after winning the World Cup in Qatarstated that he is now encouraged by “the new guys, Barrios… the arrival of Arthur, Lino, Riquelme, Rodrygo, who could get Griezmann or Koke to accompany me in this process. You can imagine who they are.” If you support what you want to propose, you must have support in the dressing room, otherwise it will not be possible,” he said.