Crespo: Simeone a natural

Hernan Crespo enthused at visiting former teammate Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid training this week.

Crespo attended Atleti’s training session on Wednesday and afterwards was cornered by reporters for his thoughts.

“I think it is great that Simeone has returned home and is doing well. He has had a coaching soul since the first day, he’s an extraordinary person,” commented the 37-year-old.

“For me it was a pleasure to see the team training. They work with the obligation of doing things right, with a lot of intensity and a lot of play. They work intensively, but they also have fun, they are the best.

“Simeone to lead Argentina one day? I have an idea, perhaps wrongly, but I think that when you are a Coach you have to build up the experience, at a young age and with momentum, you want to work every day and need contact with players to improve.

“I think that when you pass 50, that is the time to get into the national team. That is my way of thinking, but for Simeone, if it is his dream, or his desire…but if there is a need to live actively and day by day then in this the national team falls short.” 

The retired striker is working towards his coaching badges.

“I know that as a player I did not get the opportunity to play in Spain, but when I dream of coaching, I always dream of the elite in world football and that means Spain, Italy or England. That is what I aspire to.”

The Argentine gave his viewpoint on Colombian forward Radamel Falcao.

“In my time, Falcao would have been better perhaps, but today he is competing with two monsters like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, with the result being that everything he is doing is not in the dimension that it otherwise deserves to be.

“He does extraordinary things for a normal player and we are talking about him competing with two aliens in Messi and Ronaldo. We were surprised that they both got to 30 goals in a season, but now they reach 50 like it is nothing.

“They make everything look ridiculous. Falcao is the best normal player.”

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