Simeone did not even contemplate the incorporation of Cristiano Ronaldo to his team: “I don’t see myself directing Real Madrid, in the same way that I don’t see Ronaldo at Atlético”
During last summer, Cristiano Ronaldo expressed his desire to leave Manchester United, with the aim of playing in the Champions League. The Portuguese star came to be offered to several teams, one of them was Atlético de Madrid. In the end, no matter how much the rumor spread, this signing never happened. And it is that Diego “Cholo” Simeone, coach of the rojiblanco team, never contemplated this incorporation.
“I never spoke with Ronaldo. I explained it, very well, in the interview the other day (with the journalist Martín Liberman); so there is not much more to comment. I don’t see myself managing Real Madrid, in the same way that, beyond all his hierarchy, ability and extraordinary goal, it’s difficult to see him at Atlético de Madrid”, Simeone confessed at the press conference prior to the afternoon training session of the Atleti, in the Sports City of Majadahonda.
The Argentine also explained the reasons why he did not deny these rumours, while the press speculated about the possibility of seeing Cristiano Ronaldo dressed as a mattress: “It didn’t seem defining to me to say it. People know me, those who know me, and what they don’t know me is someone else’s problem. I have pretty clear ideas of what I want and what the team needs.”
After beating Athletic Club as a visitor (0-1), Simeone’s team has been re-launched with three consecutive victories in the League, situated on the standings podium, six points behind Real Madrid’s leadership. “It is important that the footballers are well. We need to take them to their best state, that they are comfortable; especially on the pitch, and that they feel important in the game”, he pointed out.
They also asked him about the praise from the press for Real Madrid in the classic against Barcelona, for his low block in defense and forcefulness in attack, when the whites used other game mechanisms in the Wanda Metropolitano derby.
I’m not going in, there’s no need. I say that there are different ways to control football. You are journalists, you spend all day giving your opinion, watching, every day you understand more, beyond not having played some or yes, because you have a lot of football in your eyes. It’s how you want to interpret it. There is no doubt that in football you can control the game in many ways, ”he said.
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