Majadahonda (Madrid) (EFE).- Diego Simeone, coach of Atlético de Madrid, emphasized this Friday the “peace” he feels, because he has “always” given everything for the rojiblanco club and will continue to do so “until the last day” that he is in the team, with which he remarked that he still has “one year left on his contract”, until June 30, 2024.
“We are sad because we would like to have continued in both the Champions League and the Copa del Rey, there is no doubt about that, but I am really looking forward to it. I am at peace. That’s the best a person can have. I am at peace, because since I arrived at the club I have given everything and I am going to give everything until the last day I am there. I still have one year left on my contract and a half of the championship with great enthusiasm, “said the Argentine coach.
Among the haze of recent weeks about his future, with qualifying for the Champions League as an apparently crucial factor, Simeone highlighted his bond with the Madrid team at the press conference this Friday, after the morning training session at the Ciudad Deportiva from Majadahonda and with all its troops available for this Saturday’s match against Getafe at the Metropolitano stadium.
Atlético is five points behind Real Sociedad, third; eleven from Real Madrid, second, and sixteen from Barcelona, leader of the table. «(It is the distance) actual today, yes. The championship marks that. To this day, yes. Then you have to wait until the end of the season because there is never any evaluation in the middle of the season, that I know of, “he warned.
The most difficult thing is to “find the famous regularity”
“The most difficult part of this game is finding the famous regularity,” assumed Simeone, who, “above all,” asks the footballers, “to continue playing with enthusiasm, to be competitive, to show the entire hierarchy as footballers and as a team that the club has and, from there, not to think about so many things ».
“This is a game where illusion, enthusiasm, contagion, having joy to be able to play always makes those on the field better and, when these situations come together, the teams usually respond in the best way,” he added. the coach, who has stabilized a system, 4-3-3, and practically an eleven type in recent games.
«What speaks is the field. It is not necessary to tell beautiful stories or not here at the conference. The field is marking the path of the team, which is having a regularity of play, a good intensity in its situations and has to continue competing. The difficulties this season have been, they will be facing the fight for Champions League positions and we always have the goal of the club to try to be among the best, “he assessed.
“And for this we have to play game by game with enthusiasm, the same desire and, above all, being together,” proclaimed the coach, before also calling on that unity in the Metropolitan fans for the next games, the first this Saturday against Getafe at the start of the second round of LaLiga Santander.
“We are going to face a team that is having difficulties, to compete very well in these last games that they have played, and that has a coach who is very clear about what he wants. We have to try to take the game where we believe we can do damage, continue with the same illusion with which the team is competing and, from there, continue to grow, which is what this game is about, “he explained.
Simeone grateful to all the “boys” who went through the club
Felipe Monteiro, Matheus Cunha and Joao Félix have come out in the winter market, as well as Renan Lodi last summer. «I am grateful to all the boys who have passed through the club. We have had to come out champion with many of these players each being important at different times of the championship won by the club (In 2020-21) », he said.
«Not to mention Felipe, not to mention Joao, with that wonderful first round he did, not to mention Lodi against Osasuna, where the League was escaping us and he scored a goal that gave us the way to win the League. It is true that Matheus (Cunha) has played a little less, but he has always transmitted will, effort, desire to compete and he has been playing a lot in the previous season », he reviewed.
“The four of them have been important in due time and we wish each of them the best wherever they are and we are grateful for what they have given us as footballers,” he continued.