Simeone not after individual honours

Diego Simeone has claimed that he is not interested in individual awards after he wasn’t named in the FIFA Coach of the Year list.

The Argentine tactician was omitted from the list of 10 names, but has claimed he just wants to do well for Atletico Madrid, starting tomorrow against Granada.

“I've always said, I do not look for credit in different places, I just try to do good in the eye of the people who employ me,” he told a Press conference.

“I have to continue working with my team, with my players, trying to do my best for the club, which is what matters most to me.

“Tomorrow we have a tough game, hard, against an opponent that has changed their system.

“They are a team that comes with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm, we will have to give our best to take what we want.

“The game against Granada last season was tough, they greatly complicated it with the intensity with which they came out. Tomorrow I imagine the same scenario.

“It is not easy to keep playing with the same intensity with which we have been doing. The 'professors' are working well, the medical staff too, and the players are also trying to recover in the same way."

Simeone then commented on Diego Costa’s decision to play for Spain, not Brazil.

“I never influenced him personally and collectively he was always influence by what the team needed. Surely this will give him more peace of mind to focus on what he has to do for the future with the Spanish national team and with us, to keep doing the same.

“Decisions are decisions. When one makes a decision, he has already evaluated the reason to take it. Those who think and look from outside are not taking this decision.

“Diego has shown what he wants and now he has to keep giving everything every day.”

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