Simeone Ready for Barcelona Challenge
As we wait patiently for the huge clash between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid to take place this afternoon, we should take this opportunity to point out an interesting fact.
Sitting in the opposition dug-out for this game will be Diego Simeone.
Simeone looking for the win that will blow the La Liga title race wide-open, has a decent record when it comes to going up against Ernesto Valverde.
In the last 12 meetings, Simeone has not tasted defeat and ahead of the clash, at the Camp Nou, has spoken about the game, remarking to the media,
'We have always competed and we will be competitive again on Sunday.
'The game is important, against a rival with numbers that speak for themselves. We still have to go to Villarreal and Real Madrid. There are 12 games left and we are all competing for something.
'The points are important because they give us a smaller margin and that makes us better able to handle what's left.'
Simeone has also been complimentary when it comes to the work carried out by Valverde since he took over from Luis Enrique in the summer, further adding,
'Valverde resolved the departure of Neymar, changed a system that had worked successfully for many years, taught everyone that Barcelona can also play 4-4-2 and he's unbeaten in the league.
'We play against a team that is having a fantastic season and the game will be resolved, like everyone we have played against them, by the small details.'
Sat here in the editorial chair, I`m going for Barcelona to win this one 2-1, how about you?
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