“The one I have to demand of myself is me, because it is clear that the responsibility from now on is mine,” remarked this Saturday Diego Simeone, the Atlético de Madrid coach, already within the eleven-day sprint for being League champion. in which he assumes all the pressure, while waiting for Alavés this Sunday.
“I feel that the team is giving absolutely everything. On the part of the physical, the intention, the search, the wanting to do … A 10. Because they are behind all the ideas that we propose to them. The one that I have to demand myself is me, because it is clear that the responsibility from now on is mine, “he said during the telematic press conference.
His self-criticism was insistent: “The one who has to improve and grow is me so that they (the players) end up responding as they have been doing from the beginning. It is absolutely me. The first important step forward is to grow first.” “We are not looking for excuses,” he proclaimed earlier, when asked about Covid-19.
Atlético is the leader of the League for the last fifteen days, with four points ahead of Barcelona, but, at the same time, with only two wins in the last six appointments. They have lost eleven of the last 24 points played in the eight most recent matchdays.
“In the three parts of the tournament, we had a very good one, an irregular one, in intermediate, and now the final part begins, where we will seek as always to demand ourselves as much as possible, especially from me, to find the best alternatives we can have. so that they can respond in the best way, “Simeone added.
“There are eleven games left, a lot, we will have to go game by game more than ever, seeking to find the best solution in each game,” she pointed again towards him, while watching his players with “enthusiasm, enthusiasm and focused on the game of the Alavés “this Sunday at the Wanda Metropolitano, crucial for his leadership.
“A tough, difficult team, with a coach (Abelardo Fernández) who has always worked very well with all the teams where he has been, who are clear about the system they use and know what their strengths and weaknesses are. Right now they are not. accompanying the results, but they are always very competitive. And, before that, always look for the ways that we think we can hurt, having a good intensity of play and, above all, looking for where to hurt “, valued the Argentine coach.
In the eleven, Simeone will foreseeably have Jan Oblak, in goal; Kieran Trippier, José María Giménez, Felipe Monteiro, Mario Hermoso and Yannick Carrasco, on defense, if there is a break from the start for Stefan Savic, the most starter of all at the rear this season; Marcos Llorente, Koke Resurrección and Thomas Lemar, in the midfield; and Ángel Correa and Luis Suárez, up front.
Saúl Ñíguez will be a substitute. “No” Simeone considers it expendable: “We have a very large squad, footballers who have also grown in that position and the competition is rising. I have no doubt, I have said it on lots of opportunities and I have highlighted it with facts, from the importance to us. “
Moussa Dembélé will also start on the bench. “The number of minutes is not the important thing in the important teams, it is the quality of minutes, and hopefully in that, they are 90, 60 or 10, Dembélé can give us what we expect,” explained Simeone, while directing all the pressure towards him, he focuses on Alavés and insists on the League.