Diego Simeone

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If I had it all over again, he'd play the final from the start again. How could our best player not play? He wasn't injured! Did you see the 100m sprints he was doing out on the pitch. It's like Messi being at 50 per cent and not playing for Barca in the Champions League final. For us, Diego Costa was our Messi. Any other team that lost two finals in that way - other than Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich, clubs that are so used to playing finals - would have gone into decline. Time will bear out the importance of what we achieved. It'll be historic, legendary.feedback
Mar 24 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Diego Simeone is associated, including Atletico Madrid, Champions League, and player. Most recently, Diego Simeone has been quoted saying: “If I had it all over again, he'd play the final from the start again. How could our best player not play? He wasn't injured! Did you see the 100m sprints he was doing out on the pitch. It's like Messi being at 50 per cent and not playing for Barca in the Champions League final. For us, Diego Costa was our Messi. Any other team that lost two finals in that way - other than Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich, clubs that are so used to playing finals - would have gone into decline. Time will bear out the importance of what we achieved. It'll be historic, legendary.” in the article 'Costa was Atleti's Messi' - Simeone explains 2014 Champions League call.
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We were always transparent with Gameiro in relation to Costa. He knows he was the first choice if Costa did not arrive.feedback

We won a Liga title that will always be remembered here. With Real Madrid and Barcelona, it is very rare that a team that is not one of those two does not finish between 10 to 15 points behind in third.feedback

My dream is to stay at the club and accompany the growth it is in. I still see many good things for the club to keep growing. Atletico is still a virgin. I see many ways for improvement. I see many young players that will give us balance to have a good squad. It would not be healthy to live with the imagination of reaching the final when we have a rival like Leicester who has eliminated Sevilla that everyone said was the best in Spain at the moment.feedback

I will never coach Real Madrid. It is logical because of feelings. They wouldn't call me either. I am young, maybe someday I will lead another Spanish team. At some point, I would like to coach Argentina, but I have to improve as a coach.feedback

I would like to do it in the final stretch of my career.feedback

This was an extraordinary afternoon. It felt like a Champions League game because of the atmosphere. All those fathers with their kids have had a magnificent day.feedback

I think Sevilla are having a great season, they are praised by the press and all the world, so I think this result shows our value – we believe this is the level to follow and we look ahead.feedback

I think this season is the most difficult since I have been here at the club. We have had so many injuries with [Jan] Oblak, Augusto [Fernandez] and Tiago. Atletico couldn't win at the beginning of the season, but we could reinvent ourselves in order to turn the situation around. I think the team is fitter, but we have to be quiet because there are 10 matches left. It's clear we have a seven-point gap to fifth because Villarreal and Real Sociedad couldn't win and that's important for us.feedback

Atletico don't have any influence [on the draw] so what will be will be. This is an important step, but it is only one step. The Champions League is always special and this is important for the club. I want to acknowledge the great effort from the club and especially from the players, who have given their heart and soul and who have competed in all kinds of situations during these four years.feedback

Gameiro's entry was decisive. Luckily it went well and he was decisive in the move that led to the goal.feedback

He and Griezmann know each other. He has talent, speed and can take advantage of small spaces. We hope he will keep growing as a player.feedback

Having played on Thursday, we responded very well physically and mentally and we saw what had to be done. The team struck in the first half and we could have scored more. Apart from the defeat against Barcelona, we have been playing well, we have maintained a line, and we are trying to become stronger with each match. Each match is a final and we will see who has the most strength. I honestly never imagined getting to 200 games with the club. I am happy in the place where I am, and I have a group of players who have been competing with heart for five years despite difficulties.feedback

We can play better. It is not an easy season, especially with the injuries we have had. But if we achieve the goals we set out at the beginning of the season even with all these difficulties then it will be a magnificent year. We live under a huge demand, we live with it and we carry it forward, but this year is a difficult season and it would be wonderful to continue to be competing as we are doing.feedback

Against Valencia, we are going to face a rival who will demand a very good level from us. They have added more options in attack with the arrival of [Simone] Zaza, and they are playing well.feedback

As always, we focus on the day-to-day and we're in the fifth position because Real Sociedad won and we still have to play. As I already said on other occasions, regarding the numbers, we are closer to being fourth than third, but LaLiga is very long, there are still many matches to be played, many points at stake, but it's clear that the margin for error is decreasing. But we have always competed in a very similar way. The players change, their characteristics vary, but we were always in the Champions League finals, and finishing in the top three.feedback

I leave here with a sensation of pride. We played the tie with passion which is what you should always do.feedback

Nobody remembers the team that came second. Losing two finals is a disaster. We have to accept the moment, treating the wounds at home.feedback

We worked really hard in the last four years and a half. Obviously there are things that we have to improve but it's not a complete surprise for a team like ours to be in a Europa League final, a European Super Cup final, a King's Cup final and two Champions League finals…with 10 new players… with a lot of young players… It's not a coincidence.feedback

For us nothing is never easy. We are well aware that Manchester City have strong economic power and extraordinary players. What can we say about Real Madrid and Bayern Munich and the history they have, they are two great teams. For Atletico Madrid to be within the best four in Europe is an important step, an important step.feedback

I think (the final) is fifty fifty. They have better individual players. We have great motivation and they have a strong desire. That doesn't mean that we don't have it either, I think we are leveled in that sense. It is going to be a balanced match.feedback

We knew how they were going to play, we weren't able to crack their defence because it was so solid. It leaves the tie open, different possibilities, and we'll see next week whether the scoreless draw was good for them or for us.feedback

We are expecting a very tough quarter-final, dangerous and very difficult. So what we need to do right now is rest, continue preparing ourselves, and remain confident that we are doing things well. This is the fruit of everyone's hard work, from the directors to the groundsmen, on top of the players and an extraordinary stadium.feedback

I think Barcelona usually score four or five goals a match because they are a team who if you give them a chance they will punish you on every occasion. We certainly didn't want that. So with this in mind we wanted to play our game and we had some real decent chances but at the end of the day I'm completely happy with the work of the team.feedback

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