Saturday August 30 2014
Simeone: 100 games? No concern

Diego Simeone will take charge of his 100th Atletico Madrid match this evening against Eibar, but the Coach is not concerned about that.

The Argentine tactician has guided the Colchoneros to three trophies in his time as boss, including the Europa League, the Copa del Rey and the League title.

But the former midfielder is concentrating on their promoted opponents, not the milestone.

“100 games isn’t something that we are concerned about,” he told a Press conference.

“We only focus on taking each day as it comes. We are thinking about Eibar and we have the responsibility of putting in a good performance.

“This is our first game at home and we have to continue improving without taking any notice of what the statistics books might say.

“What is important to us is playing well against Eibar – a good team, a tough team who are specialists at set-pieces and are uncompromising in midfield.

“We need to gain a good result because the support from stands encourages us to keep working hard on the training ground.

“It’s our first game back at the Calderón since the Real Madrid game and we hope the fans respond as they always do.

“I haven’t been looking at Madrid or Barça – I’ve been studying Eibar; that’s what interests us at the moment.”

Simeone then commented on Raul Garcia’s call-up to the Spain squad and Arda Turan’s fitness.

“I’m sure that, just as the team has been evolving, he has also developed and with hard work, passion and quality, he’s earned a place with the national side.

“He has an advantage because he can be fielded in a number of different positions and that is always positive. His call-up for the national team has come at a high point for him in his career.

“Arda is a very important player for us - I am sure he’ll be in the list. If he can play 20 or 30 minutes, then that would be perfect for us. Not for him maybe, because he always wants to be in the starting line-up. But the important thing is the quality of the time he gets, not the quantity.

“Perhaps we’ll bring him on in the second half.”

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