Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone after Champions League qualification – “We have to value what we have”

Atletico Madrid had a somewhat confusing season, performing well in stages of the cup competitions, but in the end they felt they should have done more to qualify. In La Liga, the team never lived up to expectations, despite being the only team to beat Real Madrid this season, but Diego Simeone secured Champions League qualification for the 12th year in a row.

Few can agree on how to evaluate the season, and even Atletico's players have given differing answers on the issue in recent weeks. They have to evaluate what they have done every year,” Simeone told Diario AS after the 3-0 win over Getafe.

“I want to be a hero more than anyone else. For twelve years I have been working with a tremendous desire to blow a balloon [make people excited] In the best way, but sometimes it gets punctured. We try to fight together. We have Real Madrid, they are 22 points ahead; Barcelona, ​​three or six; We've reached the semi-finals of the Cup, the quarter-finals of the Champions League… I want to be the champion, I have no doubt. It's not easy, but let's appreciate what we have. If you have it, you don't value it; And when you lose it…”

There were also kind words for Antoine Griezmann after he scored a hat-trick at the Colosseum. He's back to his best after a few weeks of rest.

I met him in the elevator and said: What bad luck to meet the coach. How are you?' “Very good,” he told me. “I hope we can see him,” I told him. And there he was. “Apart from the goals, he allows us to impose ourselves, gives us possession, his interpretation of the game, the fluidity… There was a very good performance, the midfielders, De Paul, Barrios, Llorente…”

“The match he interpreted very well is where the damage is done, it finished very well and the goals went over, he gave us the ability to manage and understand the match and that makes us better.”

Simeone is undoubtedly speaking sense because Atletico's ability to finish in the top four for more than a decade without a single year taking them out of it is very impressive. However, there is no doubt that they have the resources to put significant distance between themselves and everyone except Barcelona in the league as well.


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