The rojiblanco coach says that there is no need to settle for another semifinal, the third in four years
Shortly before three in the afternoon, at which time he was summoned by Craig Shakespeare to concentrate, Mahrez was accompanied by his representative from the pizzeria to which Claudio Ranieri took the Leicester squad to taste Italian food. The Algerian took a few pizzas to the hotel. Last night Jamie Vardy had also joined the Italian diet. That carelessness in the hours before the game had nothing to do with the proud battle that Craig Shakespeare’s team presented and was praised by Diego Pablo Simeone. “What I take is a night of total football as we had planned. It was against a team that fights until the end, an exciting game, always with the risk that the Leicester made the 2-1 or we scored the backlash. ”
“Illusion, emotion, pride comes to mind. It was a very tough game, with a rival who is glad to see him compete, he never lowered his arms, he had us in suspense throughout the night, ”said Simeone, who intentionally repeated a speech that he thought was convenient to remember:“ The first day I arrived I said to the club that my only hope was to make an Atlético that would bother and be uncomfortable, I think we are fulfilling. ”
With the third semifinal in four years in their pocket, they asked Simeone about what his team has to do to take the step that leads them to conquer a Champions League. In the answer, the Cholo versioned in his own way the “win, win, win and win again” of Luis Aragonés. “We only have one way, insist, insist, insist, insist and continue insisting,” he added. Is Atlético a great team? Cholo was asked. “Great are Bayern, Barcelona, Real Madrid, especially in economic terms. I don’t want to say that Atlético is not a big team, don’t put it in the headlines. We would not call a large team, we are a competitive team, that’s for sure, ”he replied.
Already more involved in the analysis of the game, Simeone spoke about the inclusion of Giménez as a fourth midfielder: “He is central, and will continue to be because he is a great defender. We have four fantastic centrals and I have said it many times. It gives me great joy, because we work with him and because we stay with him many times to prepare him. This year we suffered a lot with the loss of Augusto and Tiago. Saul, Gabi and Koke have played almost everything. Giménez has given us a hand at different times and for special games. It makes me very happy, because when guys try hard, when players want, things go well. ”
Saul’s explanation of his goal was very much in line with what his coach said: “They are things that are trained, in training we make defiicons and thinking it cold now is very similar to what we do in training,” he said. steering wheel. “Whenever I play in the band, I have an arrival,” said Saul, who did not hide the feeling of the squad: “We want to put the cake on the cake, but we can’t get off the ground. When we think in the long term, we’re not good at it. That doesn’t mean we don’t let’s look forward to it. “
“Three semifials in four years speak very well of the team’s work, we hope to continue in that line for a long time, although we know that it is not easy. It is only within reach of Barcelona, Madrid and Bayern and we are getting into each other. But we have to to have the humility of always, if we compare ourselves with teams of greater budget we will be falling into a trap, “said Gabi captain of the team,” Compared with that of Bayern last year it was quite easy, “continued Gabi, who referred to the bombing that suffered his team at the hands of Guardila in the semifinals of last edition. “We already have enough experience in this type of games. It was clear that they were not going to lower their heads and I take the opportunity to fecitate them. The team that does not suffer in the Champions League does not deserve to remain in it. Now I am asking to be in the final.