October 2, 2023

The Atletico de Madrid coach, Diego Pablo Simeone, assured that he anticipated “the difficulties” that had been encountered this Monday towards Granada, towards whom they had been “very thick” within the first half, and made it clear that the Portuguese striker Joao Felix ” He is aware of” what they’ll “demand” of him and that he’ll play “if he’s higher” than the remainder of the group’s strikers.

“I’m certain he had it in thoughts to begin profitable and the difficulties we encountered within the recreation, too, as a result of a group that all the time rises, within the first video games comes with the passion and the mechanics of profitable from the earlier season and all the time makes it robust, as Granada did defensively,” Simeone defined at a press convention.

The Argentine acknowledged that they weren’t “very recent, thicker within the first a part of the sport.” “They didn’t create harmful conditions, however we weren’t nice, particularly within the final stretch of the sport, however we went on profitable 1-0. Within the second half, they tied after a foul begin from behind after which Memphis scored an ideal objective that generated calm inside the recreation that was coming forward and that gave us extra defensive power”, he commented.

“Azpilicueta occupied that proper lane nicely, giving us extra safety from the defensive as nicely, Llorente started to have the ability to attain the world with extra freedom, Correa entered nicely and that generated us within the recreation with the ability to carry it nicely till the tip and take us an vital outcome and a Good victory. On this primary date, solely two groups gained at dwelling, Cadiz and us, so it gained’t be simple,” he careworn.

Concerning the group’s offensive recreation, the ‘Cholo’ doesn’t cover that “it’s clear that the areas are in cost”, however that he has gamers who “can do it nicely”, he admitted that Antoine Griezmann “didn’t have an ideal recreation”. and celebrated that Marcos Llorente scored once more taking part in inside. “That generates enthusiasm for us as a result of we’d like the objective and the sport of the boys who’re within the group,” he mentioned.

Simeone acknowledged that he favored the younger Pablo Barrios, however that they want “reinforcement in that place.” “Plan B can be to stick with Barrios taking part in in that place or for Axel (Witsel) to play, who has been a midfielder, however whom I see as extra of a middle again,” he warned.

He additionally praised Çaglar Söyuncu, who got here on within the second half and “got here in like a boy has to return in when he desires to play and present what he has.” “He did nicely and gave us defensive power, particularly in duels within the air,” he mentioned of the Turk. “Cesar can play as a right-handed middle again or as a winger. He’s a boy who actually desires to assist the group and that can come in useful to compete, which is what it’s about,” he careworn about Azpilicueta.

Lastly, when requested concerning the Portuguese striker Joao Felix, whose future stays unresolved and who was closely whistled by the followers, he was clear. “I see that the League has began, that Joao is with us and that he is aware of very nicely what we’d like, what we wish and what we’re going to demand of him. Now we have Morata, Memphis, Griezmann and Correa and if he’s higher than they may play”, sentenced.