Simeone: "There aren't six teams better than Atlético"
"Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, maybe Chelsea, and then us," the Atleti coach told TyC Sports.
Comparing Lionel Messi with Diego Armando Maradona is as common as it is harmless. It’s clear that both players are among the greatest players of all-time, but they played during different eras and had different team-mates around them.
Therefore, there are many that do not want to get into the debate of which player is better. This applies to Diego Pablo Simeone. The Atlético Madrid coach, who is Argentine like the two attacking stars, cannot hide his admiration for both of his compatriots, but he cannot provide a clear verdict.
“Maradona and Messi played in different times and in different positions. Messi is much more of a goalscorer, Diego [was] more all over the entire pitch. It’s not fair. Within the debate, which is nice, on the street, they are two extraordinary footballers. Messi has won four Champions League titles and to win four, if I am not wrong I don’t know if someone else has done that…These two great players cannot be compared. I hope that Lionel can lead Argentina to win the Copa América and then a World Cup,” Cholo told TyC Sports.
What the South American coach did leave clear was his view that “in recent years there has not been any player who has come close to Messi”, while at the same time he explained that for now he has no plans to coach the Argentine national team as he sees himself as a “day-to-day” coach.
Simeone also spoke about Luciano Vietto, whose transfer to Atlético Madrid is all but confirmed.
“I hope that he can give us many things. He reminds me a lot of David Villa, although not with the same goalscoring ability,” he said.
Finally, he was asked about the offers that he received this summer, although this is the area in which he was the most hermetic.
“Atlético always had the priority. In addition, there are not many teams who are better in a sporting sense. There aren’t six teams better than us. Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, maybe Chelsea, and then us. Financially we are in the [top] 15,” he concluded.