Diego Simeone highlights glaring difference between Man Utd and Man City

Atletico Madrid have knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League but Diego Simeone says his side need to improve to do the same with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City

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Diego Simone says Atletico Madrid still need to play better Manchester City as if they knock out Manchester United Three weeks ago.

Atlético beat United 1-0 at Old Trafford advance until tonight Champions League quarter-final first leg against City. But Atletico boss Simeone reckons his side will have to play at a higher level if they want to defeat Pep Guardiola First League Leader.

“United have different characteristics than City, which are much more direct and faster,” said Simeone. “They are handling things well in all areas of the pitch and I think we have to be quicker and more direct than we were three weeks ago in the things that we need to do.

“We play against really strong opponents who press high and flood the penalty area with players. We’re going to use our traits, the way we’ve played for years, and play where we think we can hurt them. City has exceptional players. I’m sure they have better players than us. City and Bayern Munich are the favorites because of the character traits of their players. But last season Chelsea won that Champions League and not many people expected it.”

Back in February, former United captain Roy Keane singled out Simeone as a suitable candidate for the position of next permanent manager at Old Trafford. “Maybe Simeone, he’s the right kind of character,” he told the Overlap Live event. “He’s having a difficult time with Atletico. His race may have gone with them. Simone, go get him, he’s a big character. He’s done great things.

“He’s a great character, a great personality. He doesn’t mess around with players. Maybe someone like him coming into the club could work. That may soon change things that are going on at United but they need to bring in the manager. If the manager isn’t right, then the rest will just fall apart.

Diego Simeone wants to eliminate his second team from Manchester


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To reach the Champions League semi-finals, Simeone will now have to beat Guardiola, whose prediction about the Argentine came true after making a lasting impression on the Spaniard Barcelona.

“He came to training and we talked – how do you come out, how do you press or in the middle, how do you attack in tight spaces, whatever,” Guardiola said in an Amazon Prime documentary.

“And he said something that was good and useful and finally shows Cholo’s personality. We talked and he said ‘I don’t feel it, I don’t like it’. So I said, ‘Wow, this motherf***** is going to be good’.”

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