Simeone slams Atletico critics ahead of Man City face-off

Tue 12 April 2022 | 17:29

The Argentine manager has been irritated by the fact that his so-called "colleagues" have questioned his tactical strategy.

Diego Simeone isn't one to mince words, and the

Atletico Madrid

coach has retaliated against alleged "colleagues" who have questioned his tactical approach to management. 

The 51-year-old strategist has made a name for himself by developing defensively solid sides, a philosophy that has helped him win


and reach the

Champions League

final in the Spanish capital.

However, his principles is not universally praised, with iconic former AC Milan manager Arrigo Sacchi claiming that Simeone's teams are "boring" after registering no shots in the first leg of a European quarter-final clash with Manchester City, while Pep Guardiola and Kevin De Bruyne made a comment on a rumored 5-5-0 formation. 

In the run-up to a rematch with the

Premier League

champions, Simeone has grabbed the chance to respond, telling reporters:

“I always say the same thing. I’ve been here since 2005-06 and I’ve never talked down to a colleague of mine or talked badly.

“I always try to get in the other coaches' shoes and there's different ways of expressing what you think and what you believe in every game.

“When you don't show appreciation I don't really share it but there is opinions of every journalist, ex-player and people who haven't played the game for a while and they want to say a different thing.

“Like my dad said: ‘The fish dies through the mouth’. It's a saying. Talk is free and everybody can talk but I don't talk badly of colleagues and we all have our opinions. And I always respect my fellow coaches.

“We can all have an opinion, but among colleagues we all have ways, I always respect my colleagues, always, always.” 

Simeone will not change his tactics, but he will need Atletico to pose a bigger danger at Wanda Metropolitano than they did at Etihad Stadium to overcome a 1-0 aggregate disadvantage.

The Argentine feels that a team with the offensive abilities of Antoine Griezmann and Joao Felix can achieve exactly that while keeping to a formula that has worked so well for them in the past. 

When asked what his game strategy will be when he meets up with old foe Guardiola again, he added:

“Of course we’re not going to go too far from what we normally do. We will go for the perfect timing to try to create what we can do.

“We can have faster transitions and counter-attacks that we have and be clinical in front of goal. And I hope our players have a fantastic night and use our motivation and the momentum of the game.

“Anything can happen on a football pitch.”


source: SportMob

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