LaLiga: Simeone: Criticism is just opinion, I respect it
Diego Simone has defended himself and his Atletico Madrid side following criticism over their recent form.
“It’s an opinion, I respect it,” Simeone said when asked about his critics ahead of Atletico‘s Champions League game with Bayer Leverkusen.
“We’ve always worked hard, we keep working to improve.
“The team hasn’t been consistent, but we’ve had our [good] moments in every game, against Getafe, Leganes, Celta Vigo… we have to look for [consistency] and keep trying, [Alvaro] Morata had chances, [Diego] Costa too.
“We have to threaten the goal. You have to live with possible down spells because there’s an opponent.”
Bayer Leverkusen were beaten 3-0 by Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday night, but Simeone had praise for Tuesday’s opponents.
“I watched the match and the first 20 minutes weren’t good for Leverkusen but the second half was extraordinary, the figure of the match was the opposition goal,” he said.
“They’re organised in every game and very hard working. They’ve had not so good moments but they always have lots of personality. When you lose, everything is nothing.”
Atletico haven’t won at home since September 1 and their fans are becoming restless.
“I always say the same,” Simeone said. “It’s always the fans and we have to play an important match, turn up where we feel more comfortable against a team that has very good players and is quick out wide.”