Simeone: "The first Champions League final was an achievement, the second one a failure"

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Diego Simeone said he was "very comfortable" at Atlético, where he is "changing the history of the club" and said he spoke with Antoine Griezmann, the now Barcelona forward, with whom he is "grateful".

"I appreciate what Griezmann did in his five years with us. It is an important moment in his career, going to an extraordinary team like Barcelona. I talked a lot with him and I am grateful to the people who have been with us, "Cholo said in an extensive telephone interview with the Argentine channel" TyC Sports. "

"When he came, he played as a flyer or winger on the outside, for 25 million. I said I had to play in the middle, goals and diagonals. He understood and he succeeded. It makes me happy as a coach. I love him very much, I have a great relationship with him and the family. He goes to a great team where he plays very well, and if he maintains his pace, which led him to the best, he will make a great season, "he added.

"We have a style of play and a way of understanding the game, a common effort for the benefit. Based on the qualities of the players, we seek to empower them. When you have the possibility to choose players, you go to what you want. As club coach we have to accommodate more than anything to the needs of the team based on the players they have, "he added about the reconstruction he made of the template for the upcoming season.

At the time of analyzing his long period in charge of the leadership of the mattress team and the two Champions finals, he said: "I still hold what I said (nobody remembers the second) because there are people who use words to misinterpret the phrase. When you talk about failure, go to the dictionary, it is not reaching the goal that you thought you could reach and did not arrive. We believed that that Champions was ours, like the first, having lost the final, it was an achievement; the second was not, for us it was a failure. Because we loved her, we knew we could win her ».

Regarding his assessment of his work at the helm of Atlético and the possibility of leading at some point the destiny of the Argentine National Team expressed: "From the emotional and the feeling, I would like to direct the National Team, but there are other situations that I analyze and I appreciate. They are seven and a half years in a club with a project to change the history of the club as we are doing, some can understand it, others can not. I feel very identified with Atlético ».

And in this regard with regard to the Albiceleste emphasized: "My old man asks me to direct the Selection. I think the AFA has made a good decision after the action of the Copa América. He grew up in the playoffs and could start seeing a team in the last games. This opportunity for Scaloni can serve to keep growing. "

In that sense, he denied that they have ever offered to take the reins of the national team: "I am not a coach of the National Team because I am in a place where I feel very well. I saw him at the Bernabéu a (Claudio) Tapia, we chatted a little bit, we talked respectfully and we did not have another meeting. I had no proposals. It was in the River-Boca of the final of the Libertadores ». (tagsToTranslate) simeone

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