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Diego Simeone identifies Chelsea weakness ahead of Champions League game

Diego Simeone identifies Chelsea weakness ahead of Champions League game

UEFA, La Liga, Premier League
Diego Simeone has conceded he’s struggling to highlight Chelsea’s weaknesses ahead of their Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid but has questioned how they will react to a setback. Since Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard as manager at the end of January, the blues are unbeaten in 12 matches and currently sit fourth in the Premier League table. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Chelsea also hold a 1-0 advantage from the first leg of their Champions League clash against Simeone's Atletico Madrid. And ahead of the second-leg on Wednesday, Simeone admits he is wary of Chelsea’s current form under Tuchel, particularly at home. ‘I believe today Chelsea don’t have a weakness,’ Simeone said on Tuesday. ‘The only thing is they don’t know what can happen...
Diego Simeone responds to Chelsea’s interest in Jan Oblak

Diego Simeone responds to Chelsea’s interest in Jan Oblak

La Liga, Premier League
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is ‘not surprised’ by Chelsea’s reported interest in Jan Oblak though hopes to keep the keeper at the club. Lampard looks set to raid the market this summer for a new number goalkeeper, having become concerned by Kepa Arrizabalaga’s recent poor form – and even briefly dropping the Spaniard from the team. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Both Lampard and technical advisor Petr Cech know only too well the importance of having a keeper that the rest of the defence can rely on if they are to challenge for title next season. Oblak is widely seen as the best goalkeeper in the world and the blues are prepared to spend up to £90m to land him – while they could use Kepa as part of the deal. Simeone has often had to fend off ...
Diego Simeone responds to Messi-Setien feud rumours ahead of Barca clash

Diego Simeone responds to Messi-Setien feud rumours ahead of Barca clash

La Liga
Diego Simeone tried to sidestep a question which relates to reports Quique Setien has lost the support of key players at Barcelona but revealed the importance of managing the emotions of a squad. Barca will play Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, with media reports suggesting Setien and his coaching staff are no longer in good terms with key players. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); A video from Barcelona's draw with Celta Vigo on Saturday went viral online as it appeared to reveal Lionel Messi ignoring the club’s assistant manager Eder Sarabia. Man City to use Sane funds to sign Man Utd target Jack Grealish Barcelona star set to join Man Utd after confirming exit on Instagram Barcelona to sack Setien after furious bust-up with players following Celta d...
Simeone aims fresh dig at Liverpool critics after Atletico’s Champions League win

Simeone aims fresh dig at Liverpool critics after Atletico’s Champions League win

La Liga, Premier League
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has aimed a fresh dig at those who criticised him in the wake of his team’s Champions League win at Anfield. The Spanish team looked destined to leave the competition after goals from Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino had wiped out Atletico’s first leg advantage over Liverpool. atOptions = { 'key' : '677bec88d5359434973f045e310a9066', 'format' : 'iframe', 'height' : 250, 'width' : 300, 'params' : {} }; document.write(''); The Reds held the lead in the tie for just three minutes, however, once Marcos Llorente had responded to Frimino’s extra time goal, pouncing on an error from goalkeeper Adrian. Llorente fired home in front of the Klopp moments later and Alvaro Morata put the icing on the cake with the last kick of the game to ...
Simeone reveals why Atletico Madrid beat Liverpool before even getting to stadium

Simeone reveals why Atletico Madrid beat Liverpool before even getting to stadium

La Liga
The Atletico Madrid supporters created a ferocious atmosphere at the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday and Diego Simeone heaped praises on them as they beat Liverpool. Liverpool were returning to the scene of their Champions League final triumph, but lost 1-0 on this occasion. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Ahead of the game, the home fans gave their players a warm reception by lighting flares to form a guard of honour for the team bus as it arrived and the noise continued inside. Saul Niguez scored a fourth minute goal to give Atletico Madrid hope going into the second leg at Anfield. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The Atletico head coach said: “My side started winning when we came up the road leading to the stadium. ...
Robertson aims dig at Simeone and Atletico after Liverpool loss

Robertson aims dig at Simeone and Atletico after Liverpool loss

UEFA, La Liga, Premier League
Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has accused Atletico Madrid and their boss Diego Simeone of celebrating their Champions League first-leg victory as if they had won the whole tie. The Premier League leaders went behind after only four minutes in Madrid as Saul Niguez netted the only goal of the match from a corner and then Atletico frustrated the visitors by staying deep and defending doggedly. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Simeone was typically animated on the sidelines, geeing up the crowd, while the players and supporters celebrated wildly after the final whistle – though Robertson was quick to remind them it is only first leg. Asked if Simeone’s celebrations looked like Atletico Madrid had won the whole tie, Robertson said: ‘Look that’s what ...
Simeone praises Real Madrid’s Federico Valverde for red card in Super Cup final

Simeone praises Real Madrid’s Federico Valverde for red card in Super Cup final

La Liga
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone says he would have done exactly the same thing Federico Valverde did after the Real Madrid midfielder’s match-saving professional foul in the Spanish Super Cup final. The Uruguayan was shown a straight red card for taking down Alvaro Morata as the striker burst clean through on goal deep into extra-time on Sunday, with Real winning the penalty shootout that followed. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Valverde sought out Alvaro Morata after the match to say sorry for his foul, but Atletico coach Simeone feels there is no need for the midfielder to apologise. ‘I think the award for the best player makes perfect sense because Valverde won the game with that action,’ said Simeone at his post-match press conference. ...
Diego Simeone responds to talk of Atletico Madrid exit amid Arsenal links

Diego Simeone responds to talk of Atletico Madrid exit amid Arsenal links

Premier League, La Liga, Transfer Info
Diego Simeone has dismissed reports suggesting he has lost the dressing room at Atletico Madrid, amid rumours he could be set to succeed Unai Emery in the hot seat at Arsenal. Atletico have endured a frustrating start to the 2019-20 season, slipping to sixth in La Liga after 15 matches. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); A 1-0 defeat at home to Barcelona last weekend compounded their misery, with only one victory recorded from their last seven games across all competitions. Simeone's position at Wanda Metropolitano has come under scrutiny in recent weeks, with there some suggestion that his reign at the club is nearing its natural conclusion. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The Argentine is among a number of high profile ...
Diego Simeone slams Lionel Messi and praises Cristiano Ronaldo in attack

Diego Simeone slams Lionel Messi and praises Cristiano Ronaldo in attack

La Liga
Diego Simeone has hit out at Lionel Messi and suggested the Barcelona star cannot raise his game in an average team the way Cristiano Ronaldo can after Argentina’s shock defeat to Croatia. Argentina are on the brink of an early World Cup exit after a 3-0 loss to Croatia and Messi could not help his team with a win. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Messi’s performance was far off the heights he was known with Barcelona and the forward’s display was in contrast to Ronaldo’s superb performance for Portugal. Despite Portugal lacking quality, Ronaldo has led from the front well, scoring four goals in just two games. Simeone is Argentinian himself and his furious comments in a Whatsapp message were leaked by Cadena COPE. ‘Messi is very good but that is b...
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