Atlético de Madrid coach Diego Pablo Simeone gave a press conference in which he spoke about the struggle for the center forward position in his team that the Spanish-Brazilian Diego Costa knows what he wants from him, while the Uruguayan Luis Suárez generates “a lot of enthusiasm for what he can give”, and will decide between both according to what you have discussed with them “individually”.
“I spoke with (Diego) Costa at the time before the start of the season, he knows what I want from him, what I need and we have in mind. With Luis (Suárez) we have his recent arrival, with great enthusiasm on behalf of what it can give us, and consequently we will behave in what I have already discussed with them individually, “said Simeone.
Costa, Suarez or both?
The Atlético coach, who opted for Diego Costa as a starter in the first match against Granada (6-1) and for Luis Suárez in the second game against Huesca (0-0) with one hour of play in both cases for each one, did not want to reveal if he sees the Uruguayan to play a full duel, like tomorrow’s against Villarreal.
“Now we are going to train, yesterday (Thursday) they had a recovery day and from how I see it today (Friday) we will decide the team for tomorrow,” said Simeone, who reiterated as he said on previous occasions that “at some point they will be in the field together “.
“They have different characteristics: one is more area, Diego is more movement to the sides and stretching the team … It is an option that the team has and that will surely appear at some point,” he added.
The usual companion of the battering ram, the Portuguese Joao FelixHe has starred in two very good early season games, although Simeone said that last year he already showed “the same enthusiasm and happiness in the game that he is showing now.”
“The first 4 or 5 games until the injury against Valencia had made a very good start to the season, we hope he can sustain it, continue to grow with the team and we can continue to generate and take advantage of a footballer in whom we have a lot of hope,” he said .
Atlético receives Villarreal at the Wanda Metropolitano this Saturday after having offered two faces: a scorer (6-1) against Granada, and another more doubtful and lack of punch in Huesca (0-0).
“We live game by game as we have always transmitted it. I think the game with Granada and the start and second half against Huesca is the line to follow,” he considered.
The duel against Villarreal:
Simeone was full of praise for Villarreal, especially for his coach, Unai Emery. “He is an extraordinary coach that has been around for many teams these years doing things very well and with a Villarreal that has spare parts, very good associative game, they generate numerical superiority almost always, “he analyzed.
For the rojiblanco coach, Villarreal has been seen as “more comfortable” in the match against Alavés, when he won 3-1, so he will be “a great rival”, of whom he recalled that he has “very good footballers.” “He will compete for the important positions in the League,” he predicted.
The 2020/2021 season:
The Atlético coach, who described last season on several occasions as “a year of transition,” said that this campaign will be “important” due to the growth of its players.
“We already commented on it two or three times, I repeat, it is an important season because the players have grown compared to the previous season and we will not move away from game by game which is what generates enthusiasm, enthusiasm, and the reality is that it the only thing that counts is Villarreal, “he stressed.
Asked about the last call for the Spanish team, in which no Atlético de Madrid footballer was cited, Simeone did not want to argue. “It is a question for Luis Enrique, not for me,” he settled.