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THE BOSS TALKS ABOUT HIS NEXT CHALLENGE: THE SPANISH SUPER CUP

Simeone "We will go in to the game excited and with our weapons"

The coach talked about the game this Wednesday against Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup held at the Vicente Calderon at 23:00. He praised the Catalans, but trust his men to put in a good performance.

Diego Pablo Simeone spoke in the press room after the first session on Tuesday in which he worked alongside his men ahead of the match against Barcelona in the Super Cup. He comes up against Gerardo Martino, a person he faced as a player. "He was extraordinary, had an incredible vision of the game. As a coach, what we have seen in the last place he's been, he's done very well, with people working around him and working as a group. He has been given the chance to now work at Barcelona, "he said of his rival on the bench.


The Argentine was asked about his team's chances and who he see’s as favourite in this final. "Barcelona are the best team in the world, they have Messi who is the best player in the world, they have bought a player who is likely to reach the level of best in the world in Neymar, they have Iniesta, Xavi, Pedro, Alexis...they are the favorites due to the economic power they have the ability to build a team that in recent years has made pleased so many people. Playing against Barcelona is a pleasure and we will go in to it with enthusiasm and with our weapons," he said.

After Barcelona's victory against Levante, Martino’s team arrive in good shape to the Calderon on Wednesday. "I see they are trying to play with more defined wingers, I've seen friendlies and they have played the first game with more width, but they always play with the same idea, with a higher pressure, he said about the opponent.

For Atletico it seems likely that they will start with David Villa and Diego Costa up front, a partnership that the coach likes. "They are really up for it and they’re still building a partnership, they’ve only played two games together. Adrian is in good shape too and so is Baptistão. Against Sevilla what made me very happy was the impact of the people who came off the bench. All the forwards Villa, Costa, Raul, Adrian and Baptistão give us options, whoever plays will do things right" he said.

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