Diego Pablo Simeone appeared at the press conference prior to the match between the red and white squad and Málaga's this Saturday at the Vicente Calderón (16:00). The Argentinian announced that "we never have room for error. We must play this match as a final."
The coach acknowledged the importance of the match given the good dynamic the Andalusian team is living, "They have been playing well for quite a while. They have a team with good technical qualities and experience in the midfield. They are a tough team and they have good players in the midfield."
Atlético's coach analysed the characteristics of his team before measuring up against Málaga, "One guided himself by the characteristics of the footballers he has. We don't have much speed in long distances, even though I would not say that Mandzukic is a slow player."
Simeone announced that José María Giménez will filling in for the absence of Miranda at the centre-back, "He has been waiting for his opportunity since September. He has had opportunities in the World Cup and with his national team. Hopefully, he can develop everything he has and what we know he can contribute. We know he's ready."