Atletico Madrid’s Simeone still hungry for Champions League glory

Madrid: Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone said he was more motivated than ever to achieve Champions League success in his more than a decade at the club.

Simeone has led his team to two Champions League finals – losing to Real Madrid in 2014 and 2016 – but insists he still wants them to rise to the top of the European rankings.

“I am still animated by the same feelings as when I arrived at the club (in 2011) and we were 15 points from third and last place in the Champions League,” he said.

“I’m the first person who demands the most of me and I’m also my biggest critic. We have grown up and brought the club with the players and this option gives you the creeps. Because things are the best in themselves. carried.”

Leverkusen lost 1-0 to Club Brugge in the first match of the Champions League group and finished second in the Bundesliga after six games, although Simeone insisted that he achieved nothing against Gerardo Zion’s side. .

“I have a lot of respect for German clubs. They are very strong mentally, they never let their guard down and they are always competing, “said Simeone.

“I liked the way they played against Brugge. They were fast and played good football. They may have lost, but they deserved something. We look forward to an organized team that will want to play over the counter.

The Atleti will have to do without midfielder Thomas Lemar for the tour of Germany, who suffered a muscle injury on Monday, as well as defenders Stefan Savic and Jose Maria Jimenez.

However, goalkeeper Jan Oblak, who missed Saturday’s 4-1 home win over Celta Vigo, was named to the away squad.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *