The Reds manager was not kind about the La Liga side in 2020, but Diego Simone did not care about those comments.
spoke briefly when he was quizzed about
’s comments in 2020 aboutAtletico Madrid
’s style of football before the two sides’ clash on Tuesday.
Atletico made their way into the 2019-20 Champions League quarter-finals courtesy of a 4-2 victory overLiverpool
. However, they found themselves 2-0 down in the extra time of the second leg only for Marcos Llorente’s brace to take the game to an additional 30 minutes, with Alvaro Morata sealing the Reds’ elimination during the final minutes.
Jurgen Klopp did not appreciate the defeat due to Atletico’s methods, telling
at the time that he could not
"understand, with the quality they have the football they play"
, believing they had the ability to
"play proper football
" but decide not to.
The two sides will lock horns for the first time since then on Tuesday and Simeone was quizzed about his opinion regarding Klopp’s comments back in 2020.
he replied with a massive grin, a short awkward silence coming after that.
But when he was asked about n his perception of Liverpool, and the Argentinian coach was full of praise for them.
Chelsea, [Manchester] City, Liverpool are all fantastic, but watching Liverpool is a real pleasure,"
"They press high, play a high line, they have no fear of leaving spaces at the back. They have very quick players to go on the break. With [Virgil] van Dijk now [back from injury], they have improved their solidity in defence, which is very important even for a team like Liverpool.
"I don't expect anything other than a team who will make things very difficult for us. We will try and find a way to hurt them, we need to match their intensity and will look to create our own chances."
Koke, the Atletico captain, who also played in the clash against Liverpool, was pressed about those comments.
Every manager has their own way of playing and their own way of dealing with the press, for example,"
"We are going to keep on playing our style, which is to try and compete and win and that is never going to change.
"Every team has different mentalities and different ideas about what the best football is. We just try to play the best way to get a victory, it doesn't matter if we have more or less passes."
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