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Simeone, Atleti the people's club: "Zidane explained it perfectly"

Simeone faced the media ahead of tomorrow's derby against Real Madrid: "What would I prefer to win, the Champions League or the derby? The derby..."

Simeone, en la conferencia de prensa previa al derbi madrileño.
Rodrigo JiménezEFE

Diego Simeone faced the media ahead of tomorrow's derby against Real Madrid: "What would I prefer to win, the Champions League or the derby? The derby - because that's our next game..."

Atleti without Morata, how will that affect the team?

The club's working on what it needs to do and they'll inform us when they have news. As for Álvaro, we'll continue working as a team like we have been doing.

Zidane says Real Madrid get up early too and doesn't understand this neighbourhood/people's club tag...

I think Zidane explained it perfectly. There's no need to say any more because he's hit the nail on the head.

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Never a clear favourite in the Madrid derby

Who are favourites tomorrow?

These kinds of games tend to be close. It will be small details wchich tip the game one way or the other. In their most recent games, against Sevilla and Osasuna, they've been improving - they've made changes to the side and are sticking to the approach they showed against Sevilla. They've got a great squad, a great coach and we want to take the game where we want it to go.

What have you said to Morata?

We spoke to Diego when it happened, and we spoke to Álvaro yesterday about the pecking order but only he knows what was said.

What do you learn most from - defeats or victories?

You learn from everything. When you win, there are things that can be improved and when you lose there will be things that you did well. You should try not to change because that way, you will be closer to winning.

Which would you rather win - the derby or the Champions League?

The derby, the game we have to play tomorrow. We don't any further than the next game.

Barcelona have been hit with a 300 euro fine for tapping up Griezmann...

Madrid have a team with very good players, if they use spaces as well as they have been doing then it's going to be complicated for us. Bale is growing, Benzema is looking sharp and Hazard has great technique and ability.

Simeone giving nothing away on derby team

Have you decided on your XI?

Today, the effects of the efforts they made against Mallorca will be starting to wear off and we've been working with the ones who played the other day on one side and those who didn't on the other. We'll decide tomorrow.


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