Before Atlético set off for Vigo where they will take on Celta tomorrow, Diego Simeone told reporters this afternoon that cannot understand the pessimistic mood surrounding the team at this early stage of the campaign. El Cholo was keen to stress that he is satisfied with how his side is performing: "We're still competing, like we always do".
Medical diagnosis of the team: "I don't do medical treatment, we are a competitive team and mentally, we're strong. We'll continue to compete like we have for the past six years".
Koke to sit out Celta game
Koke and Augusto: "Koke's still got a few twinges and he'll be rested. Augusto is improving and he has a chance of playing tomorrow. We need him. He has quality to his game, enthusiasm, determination, ambition... we'll need those qualities in midfield. He's ready to play and prepared to fight".
Atleti's ups and downs: "We all know each other pretty well by now. You go through all kinds of situations during the season - it's not that simple. In football, your opponents also compete and are also constantly trying to become better teams. We are where we are at this point of the campaign. Aside from the Chelsea defeat, we have competed well, either playing well or not. I'm not worried about how we are competing. If Carrasco or Griezmann had scored against Qarabag it would have been seen as just another game. Our performances against Leganés and Qarabag were the worst displays since the season started".
Will the team struggle to lift themselves? "Look, we ended up as league champions after losing to Almería and Levante. That's football - it gives all kinds of possibilities".
Message to the fans: "There isn't one. Our people want actions not words".