Atletico Madrid Preparing to compete on Tuesday night
Diego Simeone isn’t thinking about the controversy over the postponements of matches or non-postponement of matches over the weekend and is focusing on facing Sevilla on Tuesday night.
The coach pointed out that there are bigger problems in the world right now.
“We need to train as my [responsibility] as a coach is to prepare the team in the circumstances we face,” Simeone said during Monday’s pre-match press conference.
“We must train and be grateful that, for what is happening to the world, what is happening to us is minimal.”
The snowstorm that hit Madrid over the weekend has severely disrupted the rhythm of his squad, though.
“Over the past days, the climate created problems for us and we trained at home,” the coach explained.
“Yesterday, the main group trained and the rest did it at home.”
“Tomorrow at midday we will train again because we are playing in the evening and we need to polish some things with regard to the game.
“There are no excuses, you have to keep moving forward in the circumstances.
“The most important thing will be tomorrow and everything that has happened, with the criticism and the different opinions, does not matter.”
Their high-flying opponents defeated Real Sociedad 3-2 at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan on Saturday and Simeone pointed out the danger they will pose.
“We know that they have just played, they will have a better rhythm of playing,” Simeone said.
“Sevilla break the lines, with runners from deep, they’re a team that get better and better.”
Following FIFA’s announcement to pause Kieran Trippier‘s 10-week ban for betting for the moment, he will be available for selection tomorrow night.
“Trippier is doing very well and is ready to play,” the coach committed.
“Sime [Vrsaljko] is also competing very well, with other qualities, and tomorrow we will decide who starts.”