Simeone asks for the fans to be “committed to the players"
In today's press conference, the Atlético coach side-stepped the question regarding whistles in the Calderón. He wouldn’t confirm if Mandzukic would play against Sevilla.
Diego Simeone requested the fans support after being asked about whistles aimed at him for not taking off Raúl Jiménez in last week’s game against Celta: "I want a stadium committed to the team".
Sevilla, Valencia and Atlético, candidates for La Liga: "Decide yourselves. We’re here to talk about tomorrow, against a rival that has reconstructed well. A competitive side. Emery has done a great job, as he tends to do after time at a club. It should be a good and entertaining game with two teams sharing a great deal of similarities".
Doubts surrounding Mandzukic: "We’ll see. We’ll have a final training session to see if we can use him from the start or not. Yesterday he trained extremely well".
Similarities between Sevilla and Atlético: "On dead ball situations, we’re both very good. With Emery in charge, Sevilla have become a more competitive side with aggression, speed and a great forward in Bacca, who could be the lynch-pin of the team".
Griezmann: "He’s a hugely important player for us and we need him in great shape. He scores goals, can play deep, great on one-on-one’s and we need him to be at his best. It’s not the same at Real Sociedad as it is at Atleti, there are different demands and it’s the moment for him to give us everything he has".
Back to the Calderón after the whistles: "I want a stadium in tune with their team, a support committed to their players in an important game, that’s all".
Siqueira and Ansaldi: "They’re different. Ansaldi plays deeper up-front and Siqueira is more disciplined. I really hope they can keep up a balanced left side".
Atlético as a role-model for Sevilla and Valencia: "When good squads are assembled as they have, it allows you to compete. Having good players alone is not enough to win, but hard-work and being competitive. Sevilla have great balance in all areas. This ability to alternate different positions offers the side to be able to compete and keep the players happy at the same time."