Atlético de Madrid coach, Argentine Diego Pablo Simeone, highlighted “the rebellion and enthusiasm” of his team after beating Granada 1-2 at the Nuevo Los Cármenes Stadium this Saturday.
“Whenever we come to Granada it is difficult because Granada competes very well, works very well and knows what it is playing at. The most important thing is the rebellion and enthusiasm of the group,” Simeone said after the game in a telematic press conference.
The Atlético coach believes that in the first half there were “few passages” in which they could “do damage” but that in the second they were accommodated “better” and that Jorge Resurrección ‘Koke’ gave them “more fluidity in the midfield , especially on the right “.
“It was seen that we could do damage on the right and that’s how it was. We scored and then suffered until the end because against a team like Granada that’s how it is,” said the Argentine.
“We are in a positive period, the team is in a good situation, looking to grow and knows what it wants. We made a very great effort, and with the effort plus the talent we are closer to the objectives,” he added.
“We are working very well, we hope that one more footballer will return and continue competing,” he said.
Simeone highlighted Mario Hermoso’s game because “after fourteen days off it is very difficult to do what he did” and also that of Belgian Yannick Carrasco because “he responded for 90 minutes” after overcoming, like Hermoso, the coronavirus.
“(Sime) Vrsaljko is getting better every day, Saúl (Ñíguez) is growing, Felipe (Monteiro) did a great second half, everything is good news, and I keep good things because good things push,” said the Argentine, who also analyzed the growth of Marcos Llorente.
“He scored goals in all training sessions, even when he was not called up, and I said that he had to play later. Interior is the area where he feels most comfortable,” he commented on Marcos Llorente.
In this regard, he explained that “titles are wonderful because they fill with glory” but that “when you work with a footballer and see his growth, you are more joyful and enthusiastic about continuing in this profession.”
“It already happened to us with (Antoine) Griezmann or with Lucas (Hernández), but that happens because the footballers want to, because of the illusion and because they never lower their arms,” concluded Simeone.