Diego Simeone sarcastically shook off concerns about Wanda Metropolitano’s pitch for Atletico Madrid-Barcelona. “When I invite you to my home…”
Atleti have reportedly allowed the lawn at the Metropolitano to grow, aware of Barca’s visit on Saturday and their tendency to keep the ball on the deck.
“I’m not the groundskeeper, I’m the Coach,” the Coach said at a Press conference.
“When you invite me to your home I use your tablecloth, dishes and glasses, and when I invite you to my home, I invite you with my tablecloth, plates and glasses.
“When I go to your house, I don’t choose the dish I want but rather the one I’m given. That’s why one plays as the home team and another play as the away.
“New Barcelona? This Barcelona has different characteristics, but the midfielders are still the same, reinventing themselves in terms of style.
“Valverde played with a 4-4-2 at Athletic, but Suarez and Messi, without worrying about defensive duties, can cause you problems at any moment.
“Argentina’s win to reach the World Cup? I lived through it with peace of mind because I knew we’d win.
“Messi had the night that all Argentines wanted and asked for, and he proved to those who didn’t believe in him that he was the best player in the world.”