Diego Simeone has reiterated Atletico Madrid should not be compared to Real Madrid or Barcelona: “We are our own club.”
The Argentine was responding to being five points off La Liga’s leading two clubs with just five games of the season gone.
“I do not like to be compared with other clubs,” Simeone told reporters, as cited by Marca.
“We are not Barcelona nor Real Madrid, and we also are not Getafe nor Girona, we are Atletico Madrid with our own ambitions and our own goals.
“We are improving with our performances, the team are becoming more compact with each performance and you will start to see this with the results.
“Injuries? Arias is still unavailable, but Kalinic, Vitolo and Gelson are all now available to play.
“Thomas Lemar? When he scores two goals he is allowed to give the ball away! He has difficulties with the language but there are teammates who can help him and he is settling in.
“Thomas’s price is irrelevant and he is a very important player for us.”