Diego Simeone, in a file photograph. EFE / Kiko Huesca
Majadahonda (Madrid), Dec 3 (EFE) .- “My expression was just as they saw, of relief,” Diego Simeone, the Atlético de Madrid coach, explained this Friday of that sigh last Sunday after the 0-1 goal to Cádiz (1-4), while he remarked that he feels “with the same energy as always” on the bench of the rojiblanco team, with which he now focuses on Mallorca and from which he admits that his team has to “improve” in the defensive facet “respecting the good game he has offensively.”
“It is very difficult to explain how one feels. I can tell you that I feel very good and you can see me very badly. But my feeling is the same energy as always. The other day we had the need and the responsibility to take advantage of it. forward (against Cádiz) in the best way and, of course, the goal comes in a moment of relief. My expression was one of relief, because the game was breaking down, we were starting to win it and a victory that we needed was heading, “the coach reviewed At the press conference.
Seven points behind Real Madrid, the leader with a game more than him, Atlético host Mallorca this Saturday. Simeone does not respond to whether or not the white team is the favorite now to win the title, due to the distance it has taken to the front of the table. “Those details are handled by you (the journalists),” the coach avoided, while he focused on his own team and their next meeting: “We think about the game that we have ahead, which is the only thing that is truly worth and is real” .
“The focus on Mallorca, which has been working very well, with a very good game, the results have always been very short in all their games, whether for or against, and they compete very well,” the Atlético coach warned , who will give the title in that duel to Matheus Cunha, according to this week’s tests, with which he will rotate Luis Suárez in the starting team awaiting the decisive duel in the Champions League against Porto, next Tuesday in the Do Dragao stadium.
“Matheus has been growing, he has been inserting himself better and better within the team and hopefully he can continue with the growth for which he came to Atlético de Madrid. And we already know him talking about Luis. We know what he can give us and we will try to get him to give us the best that he has in the moments that the team needs it the most, “said Simeone, in an” expectant “position in the championship classification, as he said after the 1-4 with which his team rearmed against Cádiz in the fifteenth day.
“I don’t think there is too much to explain. It is interpreted the way I explain it. Expectations always generating and focusing on what we have ahead in a position that we are having today, beyond subsequent games that may increase or decrease it. It will give time. But talking about what is going to happen later, I am not very part of the job, “said Simeone, whose team now faces a crucial and difficult series of games until the end of this year 2021.
After this Saturday’s duel against Mallorca, Atlético will visit Porto to risk their survival in the Champions League, will travel to the Santiago Bernabéu for the derby against Real Madrid, then will go to the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium to face Sevilla and it will close the year in terms of competition on December 22 in Granada, when it will recover its pending postponed match.
“All games have their complexity. There is not a game that you already know that you will absolutely win. From that, some may seem more complex and be simpler or vice versa. The boys trained well this week, we needed it to to be able to work hard, and hopefully it can be shown in the field, that it is what matters, what I am talking about, “said Simeone.
“I have no doubt that the team has done very good things in the attack phase in almost most of the games. We have to improve in the defensive part, which needs a collective team work that we have always done seeking to strengthen it and generate it in training sessions and games. Continue to respect that good game that the team has offensively and give it that strength and that security defensively, “he said.