ATLÉTICO 5 - RAYO VALLECANO 0
Simeone: “Raúl García and Tiago were just what we needed”
The Atlético coach confirmed in the post-match press conference that there will be transfers before the window closes.
Were you pleased with how your team rotations worked out?
With Raúl, we won our aerial battles. I was very pleased with his performance tonight. His introduction and that of Tiago was just what we needed. We knew that we could outmuscle them in the air and from set-pieces.
Rayo seemed to vanish from the game altogether?
We applied a lot of pressure on them high up the field throughout the game. We created a lot of problems for them, constantly robbing the ball off them whenever they were in possession – that really hurt them.
Are Atlético interested in Juan Mata?
It’s the same story as always, you, the press seem to be very well informed. You know things that even I don’t know about. As far as transfers go, there will be movement but we hope that it doesn’t affect us should any one of the current players decides to leave.
He is still working with us and we hope we can resolve his situation this week so that he can feel more at ease.
Did Villa seem a little anxious?
I love to see him like that. He’s the kind of player who lives just for scoring goals, and he scores a lot of them.