The defensive approach with which Diego Pablo Simeone faced the visit of Barcelona Last Saturday he was still coleaba yesterday in the press room of the Metropolitan. Atlético can certify tonight with a victory against Monaco, even with a defeat if Brujas does not win at home with Dortmund, his pass to the eighth of the Champions League, but the style of the Argentine coach is immersed in a permanent debate. "I look for the solutions to be able to compete and be in the best places in the League, the Champions League, the Cup … Football is wonderful, we can all say, open trials. I am very respectful with all systems, with all forms. Sometimes we are not respectful of our style and our ways, "defended the Argentine coach. "We can not change people, we have to believe in what we do and execute it. It's like politics, religion, in football they all speak … ", added Simeone, who will not be able to count for the duel with Diego Costa.
Saturday, at the end of the match with Barcelona, the concern with the discomfort in the right foot of the Spanish-Brazilian seized the team's clothing and technical staff. Yesterday, the club confirmed that the discomfort suffered by the forward respond to a screw placed in the fifth metatarsal in an intervention made 11 years ago. The question is whether to operate to reposition the screw, remove it or put a new one. This first option could take him away from the field for several weeks. The other solution is to opt for a conservative treatment that would shorten the deadlines. The decision will be made in the next few days after checking the evolution and symptoms of pain suffered by Costa. "He is making a huge effort and will value what is best for him and what will come," warns Simeone.
Costa is also under the spotlight for its future. His agent Jorge Mendes was offering it a month ago in the Chinese market. Yesterday, according to La Sexta, Dalian Yifang would have asked about the Lagarto striker and the club would have assessed him at 75 million euros. "I do not participate in the appraisal. He's gone, we were league champions doing an extraordinary season. Later he came and we won the Europa League, and later the European Supercup. I hope he can be with us for a long time and that he gives us what he gives us when he is well ", reflected Simeone, who added:" I do not have an Atlético without Diego Costa. He knows what I think of him. "
Without Coast in the eleven, the Croatian Kalinic will normally accompany Antoine Griezmann in attack in order to ensure a classification that is essential not to drown the coffers of the club. The last course, the elimination in the group stage caused by not being able to win the unknown Qarabag generated a lag that the club calculated at 20 million euros. In this campaign, that hole would do a lot of damage.