Simeone confirms Atletico’s mission is not over yet and Ancelotti is glad to avoid trouble

Madrid – The coach of Atlético de Madrid, Diego Simeone, after winning the derby against Real Madrid with a clean goal, yesterday, Sunday, at the “Wanda Metropolitano” stadium on the high day of LaLiga matchday 35, considered that “there is no haven’t decided anything yet” because they have 3 games left, referring to next season’s Champions League seat.
Atlético had won with a penalty from the Belgian Yannick Carrasco over Merengue, to raise their score to 64 points in fourth place, and is 6 points away from their pursuit of Real Betis with 3 games remaining, to be close to deciding their seat in the “Champions League” next season.
Simeone said in the post-match press conference: “We haven’t decided anything yet, we have 3 games left, and 9 points are not few, and we will face 3 strong rivals, Elche at home, then Sevilla, then Real Sociedad. Football has taught us that we cannot give up repeating the same performance today against Elche”.
The Argentine coach also expressed his regret at the loss of “two clear scoring opportunities” in the first half, while in the second “this move was repeated with three, four or even five opportunities achieved”, in a match that failed. to solve with greater results due to the “lack of precision” in the final touch.
He explained: “We have to keep improving in this aspect, because there are goal posts, as happened with Carrasco, Konya and Griezmann, whom we are not used to seeing in these conditions facing the goal, but when there is a team that creates so many chances, like it happened in the second half, means the team is doing well”.
El Cholo explained how his team prepared for the derby.
In this regard, he said, “we seek high pressure, in a match of this intensity, to recover the ball in the opposing midfield, and constantly threaten their goal. We also managed to run well with the ball from behind, and Real prevented me from coming back in the final minutes, like they did lately”.
Simeone stressed that the qualification for the Champions League next season has not yet been decided, because football is “very complex”, while praising the team’s fans who were always by the side of the team in all circumstances, and pointed out that “we have to finish the season in the best possible way, we have incredible fans, in Shaky’s season, but they are always by our side. Seeing our fans before the game was very emotional for us, and we have the responsibility and the obligation with the team, the club and these fans to maintain our level until the end”.
And about his handshake with the Italian Carlo Ancelotti, coach of Real Madrid, after the game, he explained that it was unusual for him, because he used to go directly to the locker room after finishing each game, but that did not stop him. to express his great admiration for the 62-year-old man.
And he concluded: “I have all the appreciation and admiration for Ancelotti, because he is an exceptional coach, winner of five different leagues, and the greatest admiration for a character like his who manages the same way, both to win and to lose. and this is reason enough to admire Ancelotti”.
On the other hand, Ancelotti confirmed after his team’s defeat that “his priority was to avoid problems” with tired players, before playing the Champions League final against Liverpool, which will host the French capital, Paris, on the 28th of this month. month.
Ancelotti said in the post-match press conference: “We put in a good performance in the second half, we were close to equalizing and we have to keep it up. Our priority was to avoid problems and give minutes to the players who don’t participate much, so we’ll play the remaining games of the League, and on Thursday the players who participated a few minutes will participate today, and against Kadesh the same. to occure.”
Ancelotti added: “We were unhappy in the first half because we lost a lot of passes and doubles. In games like this the mental factor is very important and sometimes it’s decisive.” In that aspect, Atlético had the advantage, and that is normal. We didn’t need the points, but we needed to play a good game, and we improved in the second half, we wanted to give the tired players rest and avoid problems.”
Ancelotti revealed in his statements about the team that will play the Champions League final, noting that it will be close to the squad that will play the last LaLiga game against Real Betis.
The Italian coach commented on the condition of his French striker Karim Benzema, saying: “Benzema was tired and hasn’t recovered yet. The first thing I had to do was avoid problems, and Modric was also tired, so I didn’t count on him from the beginning of the match.”
Ancelotti praised Luka Jovic’s performance in the match: “Jovic had difficulties in the first half because the process of getting the ball from behind was difficult, so the attackers had great difficulties”.
round 36
In addition, the qualification for the European Championship and the fight for survival continues to be the motto of Matchday 36, which is witnessing decisive clashes for the future of some teams.
After Real Madrid won the LaLiga title two days ago and Barcelona secured their qualification for the Champions League, Sevilla and Atlético de Madrid, third and fourth respectively, seek to ensure their presence in the most prominent continental championship, but at the expense of two teams fighting a life-or-death battle to stay in the spotlight in the Premier League.
Sevilla, who are seven points ahead of Real Betis, fifth-placed and archrival, will face Mallorca on the next day, which entered the downward spiral after losing 2-6 to Granada last Saturday to fall two points behind this latest.
And the sons of coach Julen Lopetegui barely saved a point from facing the end of the second leg and redeemed themselves from a defeat that seemed achieved against Villarreal, thanks to a goal from Frenchman Jules Conde.
Lopetegui seeks to correct his situation and put more than one foot in the Champions League next season at the expense of Mallorca, led by Mexican coach Javier Aguirre.
For its part, Atlético de Madrid is a guest of Elche, who finally breathed a sigh of relief and secured their presence for one more season in LaLiga.
As for Betis, which is coached by the Chilean Manuel Pellegrini, who won the Copa del Rey, they did not achieve the same success in the league, as they barely had a chance of qualifying for the Champions League, and did not know the taste of victory in the last four days, and was forced to win at Mestalla against Valencia and wait for his rival to run into the direct ones.
Likewise, Real Sociedad has not won for four weeks, but they are working to take a decisive step in order to repeat their participation in the European League, when they host Cádiz, 16th place, and three points from the relegation zone from which the Rayo, who receives his rival Villarreal in Vallecas, and the latter continues to depend on himself to qualify for the Europa League.
Granada, which is two points from the danger zone, will also host Athletic Bilbao, which is one point behind Villarreal and the European Championship.
The task of Alavés and Levante, who are in the last two places, is difficult to survive. Alavés hosts Espanyol, who have practically survived, while Levante visits the Santiago Bernabéu to face Real Madrid, who only think about the Champions League final against Liverpool.
Getafe can also resolve the issue of their permanence in LaLiga if they beat Osasuna, who already achieved the same goal several weeks ago.
This day will also witness a match between Barcelona and Celta de Vigo. Xavi Hernández and his battalion have qualified for the Champions League. -(Effie)

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