"Sevilla and Atleti can both challenge Madrid and Barça"

Simeone said he is deliberating over whether to field Gaitán, Saúl, Griezmann or Torres against Sevilla tomorrow But Ángel Correa is expected to start.


Pizjuán return

Diego Pablo Simeone believes his Atlético de Madrid side and tomorrow's rivals Sevilla are two of the teams who are capable of mounting a serious challenge to the two teams who have monopolized LaLiga during the past 12 years, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

“I see Sevilla, and obviously Barça and Madrid, and then us as the teams who can compete for the league title. Year after year, Sevilla continue to grow and win trophies. They have competed to a very high level and have had a very positive start to this campaign”, El Cholo said in this afternoon's press conference.

Competitive streak

“Looking at the current Sevilla side in comparison with previous ones, they have changed a lot of players, they have a different profile and for the style of football they are playing and developing, they are showing that they are a very competitive team with a coach whose has a very clear idea about what he wants - bravery and boldness, pressing to win back possession... those things make them a dangerous side. They are doing well in the Champions League and they are looking strong in LaLiga”.

Simeone doesn't see elements of Marcelo Bielsa's philosophy in the man who be in the home dug-out tomorrow, his compatriot Jorge Sampaoli: “A lot of coaches have had an influence on me - Marcelo, Bilardo, Eriksson, Basile… Lots of coaches who I will never forget… I can't see any similarities between Bielsa and Sampaoli though. He a very good coach, he has his ideas very clear, but I've nevr liked comparisons".