MADRID, Dec. 28 (.) –
The Atlético de Madrid coach, Diego Pablo Simeone, acknowledged that his squad has “good footballers” and “important players”, so “he is the one who has to improve”, to “raise the level” in LaLiga Santander, by At the same time, he stated that his relationship with Joao Félix is ”good, for work”, although there are “some differences”.
“Five players have reached the World Cup final, we have a great squad. Possibly the one who is not giving what needs to be given is the coach, because there are good footballers. We have important players, I am the one who has to improve, to that they can raise their level in the League”, said the Argentine in the preview of the duel against Elche this Thursday (9:00 p.m.).
Simeone insisted that, although they come from “a bad season until today”, it is not the fault of names in particular. “They are the same as last season, Trippier, Suárez is missing, but the base of those who won the League is this year. The coach is the one who is failing more than anything else,” he repeated.
The rojiblanco coach was asked about his relationship with Joao Félix, who is surrounded by rumors of a possible departure in January. “It’s a good working relationship, beyond some differences in people, we can’t agree on everything. I’ve always looked for the best for the club, and I’ll do it until the last day. Get the most out of everyone until the last day,” he recounted.
“I care about the team and he (Joao Félix) is important to you. If he manages to convey what we saw in the World Cup, it will be very important. He has the conditions, talent, and the team needs his qualities,” he added about the Portuguese striker.
In recent days, some media have talked about Borja Iglesias as a replacement for the Portuguese if he finally leaves the mattress entity. “I’m not talking about the boys who aren’t at the club. I manage to get the best out of what we have at home,” he stressed about the potential of the quarry.
“I live from day to day, I try to resolve situations that I have to resolve. Tomorrow is Elche’s turn, and I will try to play with the people who I think can win the game, that is the most important thing of all”, he explained before the possibility that Joao Félix is a starter against the Elche.
Thus, Simeone did not miss the opportunity to ask that the “four legs” of the club -“fans, leaders, players and coaching staff”- remain “firm”. “We will become strong, we need all four legs, we have shown it in recent years. I hope to continue as we have lived together in these 11 years,” he said, asked about a possible board meeting to discuss his departure.