Two finals lost in three years to the same opponent, city rivals Real Madrid, broke Atletico fans’ heart, and left many wondering if the team are mentally strong enough to cope with those failures, especially after their elimination in last season’s semifinals by – yet again – Real Madrid.
Diego Simeone dismissed any such notion, looking confident that his team have learned from their defeats in the last four years, and ‘sooner or later’ they are going to win the biggest football club competition in the world.
We’ve never had a complex. Everyone has their opinion but we’re clear on the fact that what happened in other years has happened. It’s an experience, but all that matters is tomorrow. I live from day to day and we’re starting an exciting tournament
the Argentine coach told reporters, ahead of Atletico’s game at Roma, their first in the group stage of the Champions League this season.
At the Calderon, I said to the fans that I still believe in the future of this club. Atleti are growing, we have young players who are growing, in January we can improve the squad, there is a new stadium… many things that are renewing my energy
Simeone said, looking excited to be contributing to what he feels is a very special project.
Playing those finals is something to be proud of and winning one would be the ultimate. We lost one in one minute and another on penalties against Madrid. It’s given us experience and we’ve had big results in the Champions League. If we keep on like this, keep on going, then sooner or later we will achieve it
the Atletico Madrid coach also said.