Diego Simeone warns his team to keep up with their good form as they head into the new year top of the table.
’s 1-0 victory againstGetafe
on Wednesday was
’s 500th match as the team’s manager in all competitions.Luis Suarez
scored in the 20th minute to secure a vital victory for Los Rojiblancos as they finish the year inLaLiga
’s top spot. Simeone joined Atletico in December 2011 and has shaped a successful era at the Spanish side but says he rarely considers other factors beyond the team’s next match.
"Since I arrived when I got together with Miguel [Angel Gil Marin, CEO] and Enrique [Cerezo, president], I told them let's go game by game,
"That is my feeling, playing each game as if it were the last until situations lead me to leave Atletico or not."
Atletico Madrid has ended the calendar year without a home defeat, a club record that was untouched since 1998.
"We cannot consider the years as a year but as a season," he explained. "Last season we achieved our goal of reaching the Champions League and we managed to settle in that place that allows us to continue growing.
"The Copa del Rey went very badly, where we were eliminated in the first round. In the Champions League, we were excited after the game against Liverpool, but then we fell in the quarter-finals.
"So we started over. We started well, as we have been playing since the pandemic ended, with the team very motivated. Now we have to continue."
Asked about his wishes for the upcoming year, Simeone responded:
"It would be too selfish if, in the moment we are living, we think about football," Simeone said amid the coronavirus pandemic. "Hopefully we can hug a friend again, be able to celebrate a birthday again, get back to normal. Health - above all, I ask for health."