Diego Pablo Simeone He appeared before the media in the preview of this Saturday’s match against Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano. The Argentine coach analyzed the casualties of Luis Suárez and Torreira due to coronavirus, in addition to talking about the moment that Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona is going through: «We face a rival with hierarchy, a squad that is being renewed with young players and others with high-level experience. It will be tough, difficult, complex, as always against them».
Casualties due to COVID in Suárez and Torreira
“We are part of society and obviously we are with the possibility that it affects a boy. We will have to go out with other players to comply and hope that Luis and Lucas rejoin as soon as possible. We are in a moment in which the world can touch you and you have to accept it and solve it.
“We will try to seek victory, taking the game where we believe we can harm them. We face a rival with hierarchy, a squad that is being renewed with young players and others with high-level experience. It will be tough, difficult, complex, as always against them.
Koke’s big moment
“He is a very important player for us, I have said it countless times. For his tactics and for first understanding the needs of the team. It has grown a lot after the quarantine. He has been very good, more dynamic, and that is reproduced in his team and consequently leads him to the national team. At some point not so positive in football terms for him, it is important at a tactical level and that sustains him. Today everything accompanies him and he can develop everything ».
«Of course he has a chance of entering the eleven. It’s okay, to play and obviously we take him into account to be able to start ».
«I have great affection for Antoine, it would not be appropriate to give an opinion on what happens to a team like Barcelona. I understand that these are questions for the Barcelona coach and he will explain what he deems appropriate.
«Like many other boys, he is at a good level. He has been out for two weeks, but has already rejoined the group. He has shown that he is ready to play and there is good competition with Saúl, Lemar… He started in that position during these training sessions, as you have seen ».
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“We are talking about Joao Félix and everything he does will be directed in his own name. It is growing day by day. We are excited and excited because he is on our team ».
Barcelona and the extra-sporting scandals
“Everything that can be said from the outside will not affect anything to the game on Saturday. The important thing is what is said inside the locker room, beyond the fact that the noise starts from outside sometimes.