Atletico boss Simeone reminds his team real glory is up ahead
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone admits his side is experiencing a “marvelous” season. The Spanish outfit is currently leading the La Liga table and going strongly forth in the Champions League as well. However, Simeone is quick to remind his team that they haven’t actually achieved anything yet.
The La Liga leaders weren’t able to be at their dominating best at home, Estadio Vicente Calderon, against Granada on Wednesday, when Diego Costa’s 32nd minute goal was the only thing that allowed Atletico Madrid to pick up a 1-0 win.
The win granted Atletico Madrid three points, which helped them move a point ahead of second-placed Barcelona on the league table. There is also a three-point cushion between Atletico Madrid and third-placed rivals Real Madrid.
In his post-match interview Simeone asked his team to remain concentrated on smaller targets instead of going for directly for the big haul. Simeone explained that Atletico Madrid will go through the season with a game-to-game approach and will strive to put forth the same level of effort in each game.
“I repeat, and I keep insisting, each game is so long, so hard, so difficult,” Simeone said. “This is a marvelous year, but they will judge us on how it ends, more than what we have done so far. If we can arrive at the last four or five games, we will lift ourselves a little more. Playing every three days will be difficult. It is not going to be easy. They [the players] are human beings, they work, they run… I am very happy with what they are doing.”
Simeone reserved special praise for Jose Sosa, who provided the assist to Costa’s goal from a corner kick. Simeone said that Sosa had a brilliant game and he played a pivotal role in Atletico Madrid’s victory.
“In the first half, the team was not precise enough,” Simeone said. “[Granada] tried to play on the break and our defense did very well. Sosa’s entry gave us more speed in the connection between the midfield and attack. The team did enough to deserve to win.”
Simeone believes things can change quickly in La Liga. The former Atletico Madrid player gave Real Madrid’s example who have fallen down the pecking order from first to third following successive defeats to Barcelona and Sevilla.