Simeone: "Does Atlético have a flower?  No, the matches last until the referee whistles the end"

The 10 additional minutes that the referee granted at the end of the 90 regulations of the duel between Espanyol and Atlético de Madrid are generating quite a controversy. Especially because the rojiblanco team managed to score to take the three points from Barcelona. During the press conference prior to the colchoneros’ Champions League match against Porto, coach Diego Pablo Simeone answered the question of whether his team “has a flower”: “No, the matches last until the referee whistles the end.”

The Argentine coach already positioned himself at the end of the game when he said that “you have to assess the minutes of the breaks, when a player was on the ground, the changes …”. “We lost a final in the 93rd minute when they added five minutes and we already know that they can add five, six, seven, eight or ten,” he stressed, recalling Sergio Ramos’ goal in the Champions League final in Lisbon against Real Madrid.

Match against Porto

“We faced a friend, Conceiçao. We had very good years in Lazio as teammates. He is giving him an identity both in the league in Portugal and in European competitions.”

“I don’t think beyond tomorrow’s game. There will be a lot of competition in all the games.”

Return of Griezmann

“The other day there was a lack of intensity, but not only in one footballer, in the whole team. We want Griezmann to be the footballer that he always was, with hierarchy, with a goal … He will have to be prepared for what the team will do to him. I called”.

Stage at Atlético

“I have not varied much in my ways. I have always taken time to think. With the squad we have, I always handle myself in the same way.”

“I was judged from the first day I arrived … why not judge me now? Criticism and opinion have to be there. I have absolutely no commitment to anyone.”

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