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Simeone: Every Rojiblanco grieving over Aragonés death

Simeone: Every Rojiblanco grieving over Aragonés death

Carlos Martínez

Ahead of Sunday's Liga BBVA clash with Real Sociedad, the Atlético Madrid coach said: "Diego can offer us alternatives. He could be on the bench."

Atlético Madrid coach Diego Simeone reflected on the death of former Rojiblanco player and coach Luis Aragonés: “Every Atlético is grieving over this loss, both for the club and for Spanish football in general.”

Aragonés: “He brought defiance and broke through the difficulties that Spanish football had. With his personality, it stopped being a possibility and became a reality. He left an indelible mark. He played a decisive role in Spanish football and marked out the path that Spain follows at international level.”

Playing under Aragonés: “I coincided with him at Sevilla. When I had the chance to come to Atlético, I met him in his office and he said to me: ‘What are you waiting for to go? What are you doing here?’ We both really love the club. Now I understand; if it had happened to me with another player, I would have done the same. It was in ’94, before or after the World Cup, during that period.”

Match against Real Sociedad on Sunday: “I hope there are a lot of people at the stadium; a person like Luis would want to see beyond the pain and leave some good memories. When people leave us we have to remember the best things about them. The overriding feeling has to be happiness at the times you’ve shared with them. Tomorrow will be an important moment.”

Real Sociedad: “They’re a tough opponent; they’re a good test for us to stay at the top.”

Diego: “He can offer us alternatives. We know the footballer he is and the personality he has. We hope he can settle in as quickly as possible. Tomorrow he could be on the bench.”

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