This weekend, Atletico Madrid will usher in the league with Betis at home. Simeone, who has just experienced a crushing defeat in the Champions League, hopes that the team will have a better performance in this game.
I basically don't compare players, because the past is over and the present belongs to the present. I fully believe in my team. From the results, it was a painful loss, but I remembered a lot of positive things. I saw that the team is very strong, full of energy, and eager to be the protagonist. I Remember these.
Yesterday (Thursday) he re-trained with the team. We need him. He will contribute to us like the past few seasons. He is very important to us, and you will know whether he will be selected for the big list.
We have substitutes in every position, we have built a very balanced lineup, and we have someone to replace him. Different characteristics are what distinguishes each player from others. Saul is very important to the team and he proves it every year. We expect him, but we need him to be well. We don’t need a player with 80% status. We need him to reach 100% and meet the requirements of every game, because every game is a final.
We will wait and see tomorrow. I completely trust my players, believe in their level and ability. We will face a team that has improved significantly under the guidance of Pellegrini. They have improved more than just results. This is a threatening team because their offensive cooperation is excellent.