Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has spoken of the debt he owes to boss Diego Simeone before Wednesday’s Europa League final.
The France international also went on to stress the importance of the Argentine to Los Rojiblancos and likened him to former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
“What ‘Cholo’ is doing for this club is historic and he reminds me a bit of Ferguson and what he did at United,” declared Griezmann in an interview with UEFA.
“I hope he has the same career because he deserves it and takes this team where he wants, at least among the top sides in the world.
“Simeone made me grow personally and professionally; I’m delighted with him and I owe him a lot, I know, so I’m very fond of him. I know he’ll always ask the best of me, the maximum, and I’ll always be there to help him and to win matches.
“You learn at lot with him. I think that at a tactical and defensive level he is the best in the world. You see it every year and it’s a joy to work with him because he looks for a person’s weaknesses, tries to improve them and make them a more complete player,” he asserted.