25 February 2012

Simeone: "I admire Guardiola and his players"

Simeone faces his first match against FC Barcelona to face Atlético Madrid and spared no praise for the azulgranas and to his coach, Pep Guardiola.

"It will be a serious game, hard. Should be paid attention to detail and have a great concentration. Must be 110% to get the win," he said. And he added: "It's a difficult game and we must find a way to hurt them. I feel admiration for his work, how they manage to keep winning and stay motivated. I admire Guardiola and his players," he added.

Simeone also remembered Alexis Sánchez who agreed with River Plate. "I have great memories of him. He has had great coaches like Guardiola and Bielsa, which have strengthened as a player. It is a decisive player," he said.

The 'Cholo' does not believe that the fact of facing rival the likes of Barça players should make their loose focus to keep adding as they have done so far. "There are only three points. Work with the same idea . Come with humility and enthusiasm. try to do things as we have been doing. After the low and changes against Lazio, the response has been good. Hopefully the players will recover well and the team keep the excitement and intensity "he said.

The Argentine coach, still undefeated in front of rojiblanco played down his success merits and recalled that the work is only of the players. "Work is good for the players. They have found its best and that makes everything natural. Coaches rely on the results and what today goes well tomorrow can go wrong. To me what worries me is to keep the style , regardless of the ups and downs you have in football, "he said.

The Vicente Calderón will be filled to encourage Atletico. "I think the Barcelona players are not going to scare to see the full court, because they are used and have played a lot of late. I makes people happy and because there is a good communion between audience and players. This is crucial, "he said. (via SPORT)