“In September I would have signed to be like this”

Diego Pablo Simeone, coach of the Atlético de Madrid, analyzed the defeat of his team against him Chelsea, in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League. Result that will force his team to come back on the lap, in London.


“In a match there are many results, it was very hard work for both teams, very few goal options for both teams. They took advantage of that play that touches Handsome what for Giroud was enabled. It was very tight, very even. We did a defensive job, well grouped, to see if we could, with the midfield footballers forward –Correa, Joao Félix, Suárez, Lemar…- being able to take advantage of the transition, leaving quickly. Which we were not so precise to take advantage of. The game that was seen was seen. The first half controlled by them but with vertigo situations for us at the start. A very even second half. I don’t think the goalkeepers made many saves. We go to the second leg, it will be hard, difficult, like everything in the Champions. We will have to seek above all, find the tranquility to live with the moment in which the game is at hand ”.


“I don’t know what they expected. Everyone can give their opinion freely. We were looking from order, to have a strong block and to take advantage of the talent we have from the recovery of the ball ”.


“Keep working, take care of things that are done well. Fix things that are not working in the best way right now. Footballers who have had that stage of the Covid that leaves a damage. The presence of Dembélé, left me situations to review and to take into account, for what the team may need. Great work from the team. Therefore, opinion is free in football ”.


“Leaving three weeks is too long, we have many meetings in the meantime. He is a rival who plays well, who has speed. We were able to control that speed with the forwards they have, Giroud and the bands. We lacked a bit of precision, especially in the recovery of the ball, to position ourselves better in attack and hurt. We will work it out. We have an important game in Villarreal. The moment is not pretty because the results are not accompanying us. So, work, work and work ”.


“I don’t think the boys who played today have responded badly. I repeat, seeing the team’s work, the implication for the moment we are in, I feel good, I trust the team we have. If in the month of September they tell me that we lost the first game 0-1 and that we are first in the league, I will sign it for sure … Taking care of ourselves because the moment is not good ”.