Diego Simeone: It felt difficult to lose with Diego Maradona

Speaking ahead of Atlético Madrid vs Barcelona on Sunday, Atlético manager Diego Simeone discussed playing with Diego Maradona for Argentina.

Are Barça less Barça without Messi?

“Wherever Messi is, he will always be a determining factor, be it in the national team, in his current team or at Barcelona. With a player of Leo’s ability, there is more chance of winning. When I played in the World Cup with [Diego] Maradona, who was already a veteran, there was a feeling that it was difficult for us to lose because we had the best [player]. And if you have the best, it’s easier to win,” he said in words transcribed by AS.

Can beating Barcelona be a turning point?

“Every game I’ve had to coach Atlético is an opportunity. Ever since I arrived at the club I’ve felt that every game is an important moment for everyone.”

Is it a chance for João Félix?

“It’s a good opportunity for the team, to continue to grow, to improve as a team and to show what we want in the game.”


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