Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone answered the question about Lee Kang-in (22, Paris Saint-Germain).
Atletico and Team K League will play a friendly match at 8:00 pm on the 27th at the Seoul World Cup Stadium. Atlético came to Korea with the most elite members, excluding defenders Jose Jimenez and Nauel Molina. Antoine Griezmann, Memphis Depay, Joao Felix, and other super-luxurious attackers were all out.
Coach Simeone, who attended the press conference before the game, said, “I am grateful for the hospitality and welcome. Many people have been waiting for him since he arrived at the airport. I will work hard so that the fans can enjoy it.”
Koke, who was seated together, also said, “Thank you for the hospitality you gave me from the first day I arrived. In return for the many fans who came from the airport, I will show a good performance at the stadium.” We will win a lot of games in the preseason. The transfer window is not closed, but I think we can improve the squad. It is important to achieve the goals of the club in the future,” he said.
There was also a question about Lee Kang-in. Lee Kang-in, who headed to PSG this summer, was initially strongly connected to Atletico. Atlético has been considering signing Lee Kang-in since January and is known to have even proposed an actual transfer. However, PSG called for a higher transfer fee and embraced Lee Kang-in.
Coach Simeone said, “There were rumors that he was interested, but in the end he signed a contract with PSG. Korean football continues to grow and is recognized worldwide. I will keep an eye on the Korean players in the game tomorrow.”
Head coach Simeone, ahead of the match against Team K-League, said, “I focused on adapting to the jet lag. Coming here, it’s important to compete in the game. There are also players who have come up from young players playing in local leagues. In the first game tomorrow, we will play with anticipation, hope, grit and enthusiasm. I want to share my joy and passion with the people who came to the stadium. I know that tomorrow’s team K-League coach is a very good coach, and I think he will be fun.”
▲ Q&A with director Simeone, Koke.
– Commitment to the game.
Director Simeone – Thank you for your hospitality and welcome. Many people have been waiting for us since we arrived at the airport. We will work hard so that the fans can enjoy it.
Koke – Thank you for your hospitality. Thank you for the hospitality from the first day I arrived. In return for the many fans who came from the airport, we will show a good image at the stadium.
-What advice would you give to players who dream of becoming the next Koke?
Koke-time passed very quickly. I’ve done a lot of very important things while I’ve been here. I will continue to do important things in the league at the club and try to grow. I think it’s important to respect this sport and keep following your dreams.
-What do you want to improve next season and what do you want to test tomorrow.
Coach Simeone-Last season we didn’t win, but our goal is always to finish in the top 4 and go to the Champions League. I will try my best to finish in the top 4 this season as well. We will always fight together to win and win every competition. Everything is decided in the second half of this season. I think it’s important to work hard and finish well.
-What players have been reinforced to prepare for this season.
Koke: There were a lot of injured players, but it was good to reinforce young players who could do it with willpower. We will win a lot of games in the preseason. The transfer window is not closed, but I think we can improve the squad. It is important to achieve the goals of the club in the future.
– Morata and other transfers have not been decided.
Both Koke-Moratana are important players and world-class players. I will maintain a professional attitude. If you tell me to leave the team, I will do my best until I leave. I think it’s about respecting your colleagues and the club.
-The condition of the players, how is the weather in Korea?
Director Simeone-I focused on adjusting to jet lag. Coming here, it’s important to compete in the game. There are also players who have come up from young players playing in local leagues. In the first game tomorrow, we will play with anticipation, hope, grit and enthusiasm. I want to share my joy and passion with the people who came to the stadium. I know the K-League coach for tomorrow’s team is very good, and I think it will be fun.
– The feeling of coaching such a special match.
Coach Simeone-I came to represent Atletico, and I think the club can grow every day when we play friendly matches like this. More supporters will cheer us on. The goal is to have a good tempo and a game that will help you when you first play in the league.
-Lee Kang-in has been connected to Atletico. Are there any Korean players you are interested in?
Coach Simeone- There were rumors that he was interested, but he signed a contract with PSG. Korean football continues to grow and is recognized worldwide. I will keep an eye on the Korean players in tomorrow’s game.
-How will you distribute the playing time, such as Griezmann and Felix?
Coach Simeone – Enough time will be provided to all players. It will give fans a chance to get in touch with world-class players. Equal time will be given. 토토사이트
– What is the impression of director Hong Myung-bo that Simeone remembers?
Coach Simeone: I plan to shake hands with coach Hong Myung-bo tomorrow and share memories of the World Cup.
-Does the pre-season affect Felix’s retention?
Manager Simeone-The most important thing is that no one in the club can be above the club. Players are evaluated for their commitment to the team, including responsibility and humility, in a fair situation. No player in the club can be on top.
-Will Morata stay on the team this season?
Director Simeone-I had a private conversation with Morata this morning, and I am satisfied that Morata is there. Morata is a talented player. As he has been doing well so far, I think he can improve in the future. He hopes he can continue to grow.
– Whether or not prospects will participate.
Coach Simeone-Pre-season matches are important to everyone. Athletes must continue to maintain a high level. Players who have just joined the team have to keep trying and existing players can provide them with experience. No athlete can guarantee appearance. Everyone will be evaluated on the pitch.