One man who is not worried when playing against Spanish giants, Barcelona and Real Madrid is Athletico Madrid coach, Diego Simeone.
The coach says he won’t mind playing Real Madrid or Barcelona more often. He believes media hype and coverage is one one of the reasons La Liga teams fear the classico giants
“It’s better for us. In the sports papers, 10 pages are dedicated to Madrid and another 10 to Barca and if they win 4-0, it’s as though they won 16-0 because they constantly repeat the highlights” .
“That creates a situation of fear and so when you have to play against them, you’re almost losing from the start.
“For foreign teams it’s a bit different, meeting Madrid or Barca motivates them as they are less affected by the media hype. If it was up to me, I’d play against them every week,” the coach told Ole.
Simeone also spoke about creating a strong mentality for his Athletico team to face Barca and Real and also challenge for titles
“We want to build a team which shows commitment,” he continued.
“That is a very big word to use and I mean it in the sense of being committed to play, to run, to train, respect your rival, understand the intelligence that lies behind the game.
“At Atletico, I think we are achieving that and it’s fantastic to see a kind of commitment that few people have in life
“We have a very specific way of working. We know that, as a team, we are dangerous and competitive.
“We also know that, over 40 weeks, Real Madrid and Barca will be streets ahead of us but in the day-to-day, we feel very close to them.”