Diego Simeone, Atlético de Madrid coach, expressed this Friday “admiration” for Real Madrid, its footballers and Zinedine Zidane, whom he will face in a “very nice” and “very important” derby, while highlighting “the gene del gol “by Luis Suárez, of which he expects his” best “version this Saturday.
“It is a game with fantastic players in both teams. Madrid has been competing at the best level for many years. They also feel admiration for their rival, for the players they have and who continue to be valid despite their age, 33, 34, 35, and competing with youth in the head. That is to be admired, even though he is a historical rival for us, “he declared during the telematic press conference before the afternoon training session.
“Real Madrid have improved in recent games. They had a good game in Seville, with defensive security. I think they have improved a lot defensively, they try to put pressure on the rival’s field even with one-on-one duels and then go back to protect themselves and take advantage of speed, especially if they play Vinicius, Rodrygo or Lucas “, focused the rojiblanco coach.
“Later, he has the characteristics of Asensio, who is different, and a lot of game associated in the midfield with midfielders who have played for Madrid all their lives. We are seeing all that growth, especially in the last game they played. “, analyzed Simeone, whose team leads the classification and leads by six points -with one game less- to Real Madrid.
He did not comment on whether or not Atlético is the favorite in the League, as Zidane said hours before, of which Simeone stressed that “transmits security and confidence.” “He is a footballer who was a winner and he is a coach who is a winner. It is a privileged place for few and he has managed to maintain it with great humility and respect for all of us who have competed against him. That is admirable,” he emphasized.
Nor did he give any hint of the line-up at the press conference. Not even if Luis Suárez will be there. “He is a very important player for us. He has the goal gene inside him and it is a very important game for him and for the team. I hope he can give the best of him as long as he is on the pitch.” Simeone appreciated, who was also asked by the captain, Koke Resurrección, whom he gave “thanks for everything” that he is “giving” to the rojiblanco team.
Nor if Héctor Herrera will play. “Like any of the footballers who are available, he has options to play,” he said about the Mexican midfielder, while recalling that the match allows him to make five changes.
“That is always good when a group is as good as ours. Hopefully we continue to have that certainty in the possibility of who enters and who comes out to respond looking for the best for the team,” said Simeone, with a number of options of the highest level currently to build his lineup in each match.
“I have no bad luck. I am lucky to have footballers who are very well and compete for the club, to which they have to give the maximum in the time they have to play. It is the only way I know. There is no other space to talk. The only thing that works is to serve the team and make itself available to what it needs. In that place there are many. Football is played as a team and we need everyone, “he insisted on the eve of the derby. Another acid test.