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Simeone ready for the clash against Real Madrid

Sat 12 December 2020 | 11:52

Diego Simeone expressed a composed determination in his pre-match question and answer session before Madrid's derby

The Argentinian tactician was discretionary in reacting to

Real Madrid

manager

Zinedine Zidane

's yesterday stating that

Atletico Madrid

is the favorable candidate for winning the Primera Division. 

“I don’t usually comment on the opinion of colleagues,” Simeone said. “Each one has their own opinion and I respect all opinions, whether positive or negative.

“[The Madrid derby] is a beautiful game with fantastic players on both teams. Madrid have been competing for many years with players who remain, despite their age, competitive with younger players, and that’s it be admired. They’re a historical rival for us, and we’re going to hurt them where we think we can.”

Simeone uncovered that Hector Herrera is back from injury and ready to play while Luis Suarez is near getting back to his best shape after his quarantine ended. 

The 50-year-old manager additionally discussed Madrid's propensity to turn up and win in the defining moments.

“We prepare [thoroughly] for each game,” Simeone said. “We don’t change our opinion of a rival based on different situations they find themselves in. Tomorrow we play. We think about things game by game.”

Atletico are on a decent spell themselves and currently on top of the

La Liga table

, a point away from runner-up Real Sociedad with more matches played. Los Rojiblancos have won five consecutive games and haven't lost a game so far in La Liga. 

In the Champions League, they got through the last 16 on Wednesday night thanks to a 2-0 victory over RB Salzburg in Austria. 

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source: SportMob