Diego Simeone led Atletico Madrid to impressive performance, but not at all thinking of a new record before the match against Espanyol from this evening, in the 9th fixture in Primera Division.
Discipline and modesty, two words that characterize Diego Simeone, Atletico coach who won the Europa League, beat Real twice at the Bernabeu in recent months, and won the first 8 rounds in La Liga (a record for the club at Vicente Calderon).
Tonight Atleti will play in Catalunya, and if they take all the points by facing Espanyol, the Argentinian tactician will surpass his record. But this did not worry at all Simeone, who is aware that these records do not matter as much as performance matters.
“We know that the records are not decisive. The only thing that concerns we is the game tomorrow,” Simeone said yesterday at the press conference.
“Espanyol are a tough opponent and are playing the way their Coach wants them to. They’ve shifted styles and a starting well. I imagine it’ll be a tough game against a team that will press us hard.”
Simeone aslo spoke about his striker Diego Costa, who kept the front pages of football newspapers after Spain has expressed interest to ‘adopt’ the player of Brazilian origin.
“This is just a part of football. He can’t worry about all this. Diego isn’t constantly thinking about what’s being written in the papers. He is working well, and that’s the most important thing.”
Before the round with number 9 in Primera Division, Atletico shared first place with Barcelona, both with maximum points, while great rival Real Madrid is five points behind the two.