Zidane: Simeone one of the best

Real Madrid Coach Zinedine Zidane praised Atletico Madrid counterpart Diego Simeone as ‘one of the greatest’ ahead of the Champions League Final.

The sides meet in Milan on Saturday and Zizou has held a Press conference at which he was asked about his rival in the dugout.

“Simeone does a great job. He’s one of the great coaches in the world. He knows football very well and his team. He knows what to do to reach a final. He had a lot of character as a player and does as a coach. Mostly I would emphasise how well he knows his players,” Zidane said, AS reports.

“It’s two months since we lost to Atletico in the League. We’ve worked well since then. Losing a final is difficult. At this moment we don’t think about losing [to Atletico], just what we can do to win. I wish it was Saturday already.

“I’m happy and excited. The feelings are mixed. What I can say is I am very lucky to share this with the players. I have a lot to learn but the desire to learn is tremendous. I’ll improve, I’m convinced. But I have a lot to learn to be a great coach.”

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