Atleti's coach said today: "I've got more energy now than when I first arrived at the club. I'm stubborn and I'm searching for the thing we're missing right now".
Diego Simeone was in the hotset this afternoon after his Atlético side put the final touches to their gameplan for tomorrow's clash with Barcelona. Apart from the Barça game, El Cholo also spoke about Jan Oblak's future, his own plans, injury problems and Messi...
Oblak renewing: "I know that the club is working to ensure that Oblak continues with us. We chatted to him this week and he's very clear about what he wants and needs. He knows we need him and he is vital component in the present and the future of the development of this club".
Messi doesn't need to prove anything
Is this Atlético up to facing a Barça with Messi fully recovered? "Messi has shown through his numbers his potencial and everything he represents for Barcelona. We'll continue trying to grow as a team, season after season we want to grow and we'll keep on doing that until we succeed”.
Atlético have suffered a lot of muscular injuries this season: “Obviously we are working with the idea of suffering the minimal amount of injuries - like every club, including those who have tend to have injury problems. We're fine. We have three players out at the moment. Just three players ruled out for tomorrow”.
Gabi recently said the most important thing at Atlético is you... "It's very nice to hear those words, but he knows that a lot depends on tomorrow's game against Barcelona, and then Tuesday's game. As far as I'm concerned, I could be sacked tomorrow".
Contract renewal: “We spoke about in the last dinner we had with Miguel Ángel. It has been discussed. But there's nothing yet. What has been reported is all nonsense, lies. We have not spoken about the economic side nor the duration. Miguel has suggested that we sit down at some point this season and go through the situation. I've got more energy now than when I first arrived at the club. I'm stubborn and I'm searching for the thing we're missing right now”.