Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has admitted for the first time that he “doesn’t know where Antoine Griezmann is going to go” in the summer.
Griezmann rescued Atleti a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in Saturday’s Derbi, but Simeone was inundated with questions about the attacker’s future after the game, amidst speculation of a mega move to the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona.
“Their goal stunned us because they didn’t put us in any dangerous situations,” explained the Coach.
“From there, we suffered for a few minutes, but after the changes, they didn’t come at us very well.
“We have a bitter taste in our mouths because we felt that, at the end of the game, we were close to the win.
“Bringing off Torres? It was instinctive. Torres had a great game, but we needed to take a step forward. Every change you make exposes you to criticism.
“Griezmann? A loss if he leaves? I don’t know where he’s going to go, but I’m thrilled with how he plays, with his enthusiasm.
“It’s a pleasure to watch him turn in performances like he does. He had a massive game, one on the same level as Savic, Godin, Filipe and Gabi. We had the feeling that we could win.
“I was discussing his position with a lot of people. This lad is sharp, he heads well, he turns well with the ball … What’s happening to him right now makes me happy.”
“Tiredness? No, physically we were tremendous. We weren’t sharp enough, but it’s not easy to play at the pace of games like this.
“Gimenez’s introduction? With him, we could win from set-pieces, he’s a specialist from them. I felt that he could’ve given us another goal.
“Leicester? They won the English League, now they’re a different team than when the draw was made.
“It’ll be a complicated tie, tough, with a lot of hard work needed, against a team similar to us in some ways.”