Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone: New signings do not assure success

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Diego Simeone has stated Atletico Madrid want laborious work to reap the advantages of a busy summer time within the switch market as they put together for Wednesday’s UEFA Supercup conflict with rivals Actual.

Europa League winners Atletico have spent greater than €100 million in the summertime window, with ex-Monaco winger Thomas Lemar and former Villarreal midfielder Rodrigo in line to begin in Estonia.

Simeone, requested whether or not his facet and Actual — who’ve bought greatest star Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus — have been nearer than ever, informed his prematch information convention: “Clearly our budgets will not be the identical, however in motivation and spirit we by no means really feel anyone can beat us. On this recreation, we are going to try to do all the pieces we are able to.

“Vital gamers need to come to Atletico Madrid, and our children all need to keep and continue to grow with the membership.

“However the arrival of excellent people doesn’t assure a greater staff. Rodrigo, Lemar, [Nikola] Kalinic and Gelson [Martins] are bringing their expertise, however numerous laborious work is required if we’re all to enhance collectively.”

Simeone stated he anticipated Actual, coached by ex-Spain boss Julen Lopetegui, to arrange in a different way to the way in which they did beneath former boss Zinedine Zidane.

“Possibly their previous couple of video games are a reference for what would possibly occur tomorrow,” he added. “They press so much after shedding the ball, seeking to place themselves within the opposition half.

“That’s what Lopetegui did as Spain nationwide coach, and I think about he’ll comply with that very same line.”

France worldwide Antoine Griezmann has performed solely 30 minutes of preseason since getting back from profitable the World Cup together with his nation, however could possibly be within the staff.

“It has been troublesome to arrange this summer time, however we had the enjoyment of Atletico Madrid gamers within the World Cup closing,” Simeone stated.

“Griezmann and Lucas [Hernandez] have been the final to reach, however they’re in good spirits and need to hold profitable. All of the gamers right here can be found to play.”

Simeone praised France’s performances and stated he felt their method had been paying homage to his personal staff.

“Soccer is marvellous as no person has one reality — you possibly can win in several methods,” he stated. “We noticed that once more with France profitable on the World Cup, with some traits just like Atletico.”

Requested whether or not Griezmann was in competition for the Ballon d’Or, the coach stated he believed he was “in an excellent place” to win it.

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