Spain's coach Vicente Del Bosque affirmed that "Atlético Madrid have become a team with Simeone" and expressed his wish that Saturday's derby at the Bernabéu will be a good match, "that isn't decided at the start like in recent years."
"Atlético have made themselves a team with Simeone. They had lots of disruptions, but now they've got consistency" said Del Bosque in an interview with 'Terra' before travelling to Brazil where the Ballon d'Or finalists were announced today and the 2013 Confederations Cup draw will take place on Saturday.
Del Bosque, who voted for Iker Casillas, Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta for the Ballon d'Or, thinks that Leo Messi, winner of the last three awards (2011, '10 and '09) and Cristiano Ronaldo, winner in 2008, "could play together, like all good players."
The manager also spoke about some prominent coaches, after voting for Cesare Prandelli "because of the European Championship", Roberto Di Matteo ("for the Champions League) and Pep Guardiola, "a big figure inside our football." "And I'm not doing it on a whim, to support Barcelona or spite Madrid", he added.
"It would be good for Guardiola to come back and work. He's young; he has brought things to football and he's passionate about this sport" signalled Del Bosque, who praised the natural way Tito Vilanova has replaced Guardiola and noted that "the main thing is to be able to see to it that these players, who have won so much, don't lose the enthusiasm."
Regarding Spain's participation in the Confederations Cup in Brazil next year, the coach from Salamanca believes that it'll be "a test ahead of the next World Cup." "Our last experience, before the World Cup in South Africa was good because we found out what we were expecting to before the World Cup", he said.
Del Bosque commented that "Brazil don't stop being Brazil, they're still the hosts and they have fantastic players" and he opined that Spain has "a stable squad" after winning the European Championship and is "rejuvenating the group gradually", in good part thanks to the work of the clubs in their academies.
"In Spain the fear of promoting young players quickly has been lost. Clubs are aware of the importance of looking after them and that benefits the country. You've got to believe in these boys, because they're worth it", he concluded after affirming that "Madrid haven't reduced the meaning, investment and dedication of their academy."