Simeone: Our match against Barcelona is final… and Xavi is a coach with clear ideas
Argentine coach Diego Simeone, coach of Atletico Madrid, spoke about facing Barcelona in the La Liga summit tomorrow, Sunday, in the 16th round at the “Wanda Metropolitano” stadium.
The Atletico Madrid coach said in a press conference: “Every match we play is like the final. Positive results make the team more self-confident. The match against Barcelona is an opportunity for growth, to be good with ourselves and with our fans.”
The Atleti coach added: “Tomorrow we have Barcelona, that competitor who is always good at playing in La Liga. I think it is the team that includes the largest number of World Cup players. A coach who has very clear ideas about football and plays very well.”
And he continued: “Barcelona may cause us a lot of damage through the wings because they have great players through the wings, Rafinha, Dembele, Ansu Fati, Depay, anyone who plays in a one-on-one against them is difficult because these are very important players.”
Simeone spoke about Messi: “Messi has always been in Barcelona. It is normal when there is a player like him that gives you a chance to win. When you played alongside Maradona in the World Cup, you get a feeling that it is difficult to lose because you have the best. Naturally, when you have the best, the chances of winning increase.”