09/16/2021 at 3:59 AM CEST
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Diego Simeone, Atlético de Madrid coach, said this Wednesday, after the 0-0 against Porto in the Champions League, that his team has “improvement and work ahead”, and he advanced that, when his team manages to “increase the speed of the game, the footballers” that he has will “make the difference appear.” “First of all, we must seek to continue improving. It is clear that the team has improvement ahead. We have work ahead. And we will aim at that, to continue searching and finding what makes the team better to have the continuity of the game as much as possible. amount of minutes, “he explained in statements to Movistar after the crash. “We did not enter the game badly. It went well, especially the first 10, 15 minutes. Later, there was a moment when we slowed down. That is why I am talking about finding a regularity in the game and increasing the speed in the game. When Let’s do it, the players we have will make the difference appear, “he continued. “We have to keep improving. It is going to be a complex group. Milan won 1-2 in Liverpool and ended up losing. We could have won and lost. It is clear that all the games will be very competitive and the one that has regularity in the game. zone will pass, “he added later at the press conference in the Wanda Metropolitano.
Atlético only had two occasions. The “only way” to improve that aspect is “working”, according to the technician. “You have to think that Joao Félix since April was one of the last games that he started as a starter and then had no continuity due to his injury. He has made a preseason recovering and is making a great effort to take his best level,” he valued. “We are working accordingly to meet regularly, because last season he had an extraordinary first six months and then the injury came and everything that happened until today happened. It had been three or four months that he had not played as a starter. Today was the first game. It has to be regular and there you will find the talent you have, “he added. “Correa arrived and had to play. Luis Suárez came later to his preparation and Griezmann has just arrived. You have to have peace of mind, work, trust in what we do and obviously in the talent that each of the footballers you have just named has. “Simeone pointed out.
The Argentine also referred to the reception of Griezmann by the fans at the Wanda Metropolitano in the duel on Wednesday. “They (the media) are making a film and a morbid situation that clearly generates the importance of having recovered an extraordinary footballer like him and that we can enjoy it. We hope that he gets better and can respond to the people who are criticizing him. He has a challenge ahead as a result of what happened in the past, “said Simeone, who did not see the hand by which Porto’s goal was disallowed.
Conceiçao: “We’re leaving a bit frustrated”
The Portuguese Porto coach, Sergio Conceiçao, acknowledged that his team is “a little frustrated” of the Wanda Metropolitano after the tie, but looked on the bright side, as that means They played well” against the Spanish team. “We leave somewhat frustrated, but that means that we played well and that we could have won,” stressed the Portuguese coach, who highlighted the merit of competing against an Atlético “a little different from his past history” with Argentine coach Diego Simeone, and He praised the work of his full-backs, the Nigerian Zaidu and the Mexican Jesús Corona, to cover the rival wingers. “Atlético de Madrid is a team that uses the sides of the field a lot and we needed speed and good use of times and rhythms. I am happy with the players, because what we planned was what we did. They did not arrive much, I think the best scoring chances were ours, “he added.
On the goal disallowed in the final minutes to Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi, Conceiçao said he had not seen the replay. “I do not know if there really was that hand or not, but what I can say is that the launch in which Mbemba is expelled there was no reason for that, the truth”, replied the coach, about the action in which his defender was sent off with a direct red for a foul on the French Antoine Griezmann. “Unfortunately we have had more difficult arbitrations in the Champions League, with Chelsea and City last season, but it is what it is, it is not worth lamenting. To make a mistake is human, those who see it on television analyze the different angles in a calm way, obviously if they said it was a red card, it was a red card. I don’t think it’s for a red card because we had something very similar in the first half and no red card was shown, “he analyzed.
On the center-back, Pepe, strongly whistled by the red-and-white stands, said that he changed it because he had discomfort in the calf. “As a player they whistled me many times, it can even motivate you, that desire to demonstrate more. This is the passion of football. These two teams have similar things, such as the passion of their fans,” he concluded.
From Paul: “We tried, we were the protagonists”
The Argentine midfielder from Atlético de Madrid Rodrigo de Paul He said after the tie that the team “tried” and was “the protagonist”, so continuing like this “the results will come.” “I think we tried, we were protagonists, we tried for 90 minutes. I think people appreciated it, we wanted to give them a victory at home, we know the difficulty of this competition, but the important thing is that we assume the role of being protagonists and that Trying to do so, the results will come, “he said after the meeting in the Wanda Metropolitano press room.
Asked if because of this draw they will regret the two lost points, in a powerful group B completed by English Liverpool and Italian Milan, De Paul acknowledged that the group is “difficult” but that they will go out “to seek victory in all fields.” “I’m sure this team, like so many times, is going to be up to the task,” he added.
The Argentine media saw his French teammate Antoine Griezmann “very well”, although he was received at his entrance to the stadium, where he returned for the first time as an rojiblanco after his departure to Barcelona, with a massive whistle when he entered the pitch. “I didn’t notice it so much from within the field. For us Antoine is a super important player, who has had great nights and is an experienced player who has won many things. An important value that we have in the dressing room”, considered De Paul , who added that its adaptation has been “super easy”.
The Wanda Metropolitano received this Wednesday more than 40,000 spectators, who gave a greater atmosphere to the stands. “For us it is the most beautiful thing in football, we miss people a lot when they are not thereWe know that with them we are stronger than Atlético, we have only lost one game at Wanda in Europe. We still have that bitter taste of not being able to give them the victory, but I think they felt identified with the fact that the team tried until the end, “he concluded.
For its part, Toni MartinezPorto forward, advanced that his team will give “much to talk about in this Champions League”, and pointed out about the goal disallowed against Taremi “that the question is whether or not there is a penalty before the hand” of his teammate. “I have had time to see the play. It is true that Taremi falls and the ball touches his hand. Everyone can see it. The question is whether there is a penalty or not before that action. I think it was a very fast play. With the VAR it has not taken much time either and it stays a bit in the air, “he said at a press conference.
“It is true that it is annulled, which is a move of the referee’s opinion. It was very fast, it could be a penalty or not, because it is a hand. It has been decided which hand and not a penalty. Bad luck, the team had worked well for get the three points and it was a key play in the game, “continued the attacker, who started this Wednesday. “I am very happy with the game. It was very competitive. We competed against a great team. We knew it was going to be a difficult game and it has been. I am happy for my teammates, who entered, and I think we will give a lot to talk about in this one. Champions “, advanced Toni Martínez, who considered that his team could” without a doubt “achieve more. “It is a compliment that they tell us that we could have taken something more from a stadium like Wanda, but it is true that after this play, the team’s work, which has been ten, you leave with the feeling that you You could have taken three points instead of one, but at least you have had something to talk about, “he explained.
And he warned: “We have shown on the field that we can compete with any team in the world, with an ambition and a claw that characterizes our team and us. I think it was a competitive match against a great team. And we know that the following also they are going to be like that because we have a difficult group. We show that Porto is up to the task“.
His partner, the Brazilian side Wendell, said that the Portuguese team “is a great club, with history” and will “fight for the classification on equal terms” with the Madrid team, Liverpool and Milan. “We are happy with the work done. Everyone approached the game as if it were a final, we were faithful to what the coach asked for and we committed to the work,” said the footballer in statements posted on the UEFA website .
For his part, goalkeeper Diogo Costa, pointed out that his team “only thinks about winning”, but “this point is better than nothing.” “We cannot always make things go the way we want. We also have difficult days and this was one of them,” added the goalkeeper.