Simeone hopes for ‘beautiful’ game against Barcelona
Atletico coach Diego Simeone prepares his side to take on defending champions Barcelona in a clash of the top two in the Spanish league.
SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (JANUARY 29, 0216) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)
1. ATLETICO COACH DIEGO SIMEONE AT TRAINING
2. DEFENDER DIEGO GODIN, FORWARD ANTOINE GRIEZMANN, DEFENDER JESUS GAMEZ, FORWARD JACKSON MARTINEZ, DEFENDER JOSE MARIA JIMENEZ, DEFENDER FILIPE LUIS
3. GRIEZAMANN WARMING UP
4. VARIOUS OF PLAYERS WARMING UP
5. MIDFIELDER KOKE AND DEFENDER JUAN FRAN WARMING UP
6. SIMEONE KICKING BALL
7. PLAYERS WARMING UP
8. PLAYERS WARMING UP
9. MIDFIELDER GABI KICKING BALL AND GODIN, KOKE AND GAMEZ WATCHING
10. SIMEONE KICKING BALL
11. VARIOUS OF PLAYERS WARMING UP
12. GRIEZEMANN STRETCHING
13. SIMEONE WATCHING WARM-UP SESSION
14. GODIN, GABI AND JUAN FRAN ON PITCH
15. VARIOUS OF GOALKEEPERS TRAINING
16. VARIOUS OF PLAYERS TRAINING
17. GODIN TRAINING
18. PLAYERS ON PITCH
19. SIMEONE ARRIVING AT NEWS CONFERENCE
21. NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS
22. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ATLETICO COACH DIEGO SIMEONE, SPEAKING ABOUT FACING BARCELONA ON SATURDAY, SAYING:
“I expect a very beautiful game, a very important game, a beautiful game to play and we expect to take the game in the direction that’s more convenient for us in this important match.”
23. SIMEONE AT NEWS CONFERENCE
24. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ATLETICO COACH DIEGO SIMEONE SAYING:
“It’s not that I play against him (Luis Enrique), it’s Atletico against Barcelona and we will try, with the opportunities that arise, to do what I can to get the best results for the team I manage.”
25. NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS
26. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ATLETICO COACH DIEGO SIMEONE SAYING:
“The wonderful thing about the three (Neymar, Messi and Suarez) is that they show no envy, you see healthy, good people. They look happy. For people who like soccer it’s marvelous. It’s one of, if not the best, team in the world, and obviously these three guys have given it this sensibility which attracts attention and is difficult to see in the teams. There is always envy and jealousy, there’s always selfishness and here it’s the opposite.”
27. NEWS CONFERENCE I N PROGRESS
28. SIMEONE JUGGLING BALL IN TRAINING
STORY: Atletico Madrid travel to Barcelona on Saturday (January 30) for a match which could determine the Spanish league title.
The Catalan club top the league only on goal difference from coach Diego Simeone’s Atletico, although defending champions Barca have a game in hand, with Real Madrid trailing four points behind the top two.
Speaking after a training session in the Spanish capital on Friday (January 29) Simeone said he expects to see a ‘beautiful’ game .
Barcelona’s Luis Enrique and Simeone are highly regarded as coaches but the Argentinian refused to see Saturday’s match as battle of coaches.
“It’s not that I play against him, it’s Atletico against Barcelona and we will try, with the opportunities that arise, to do what I can to get the best results for the team I manage,” he said.
Simeone described his Saturday rivals as one of the best team’s, if not the best, in the world and had praise for the Neymar, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez striking trident.
“The wonderful thing about the three is that they show no envy. They look happy. For people who like soccer it’s marvellous. It’s one of, if not the best, team in the world, and obviously these three guys have given it this identity which attracts attention,” said Simeone.
Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid are at home to Espanyol on Sunday night and the Frenchman will be hoping for a draw in Barcelona to allow his saide to gain ground on the leaders.