MADRID, 3 Jan. (.) –
The Atlético de Madrid coach, Diego Pablo Simeone, acknowledged this Tuesday that he was “prepared” for the possible losses that his team may suffer in this winter market, at the same time that he recognized the importance of the Copa del Rey, after a season from “regular to bad”, in the run-up to the round of 32 match against Real Oviedo.
“Normally they know how I think, I’m prepared for what can happen. From what happens, always for the benefit of the club, we have to be prepared to have solutions. That’s what I’m at, imagining what could happen. But until we don’t pass doesn’t make any sense”, indicated the coach at a press conference.
“Both for the footballers and for the representatives or coaches, it is important to have the peace of mind knowing that you are going to be in one place or another. For the coach it is also important to know that you are going to be able to count on the footballer,” he said.
The ‘Cholo’ also highlighted the importance of the Cup, after his elimination from European competitions and his bad first round in LaLiga. “We come from a regular to bad season and we need to improve and grow. In this competition we are enthusiastic and hopeful to continue advancing. We know that the League is going to be complex, there are many teams competing for our same goals,” he said.
Asked about the casualties for the match against Oviedo, the coach preferred to be cautious and wait for training on Tuesday. “The doctor will inform us if Joao (Félix) will be able to train. As for Savic, he may not be able to train and Rodrigo (De Paul) will complete part of the session. Joao did not train from Elche and today we are seeing see if he can join,” he added.
Lastly, Simeone once again explained the changes in defense that he made in recent games with the entry of Mario Hermoso and Sergio Reguilón. “I already told you what I thought of Reinildo. I have no doubt that in recent months he was the best on the team. I spoke to him to explain why I am counting on Mario (Hermoso). We always seek the best for the team. For his part , Reguilón comes with a lot of desire, he is looking for his best form, he wants to bring energy to the team and things that the team needs”, he concluded.