Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says clubs that complain about refereeing errors can lose deal with extra important things like playing games, whereas making an apparent dig at Real Madrid’s insistence on speaking about Cristiano Ronaldo’s current red card and three-game ban.
Madrid’s players and club officers have been strongly essential of referee Miguel Angel Ayza Gamez after he sent off Ronaldo throughout the 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao on Feb. 2, with local media serving to whip up a storm that has led to Ayza Gomez being faraway from motion – and the public eye – for 4 weeks. Real are nonetheless reportedly trying to persuade the Spanish government’s Sports activities Council to try to get the remaining two games of Ronaldo’s punishment overturned.
Atletico have also suffered from some unlucky decisions lately, particularly when losing 2-zero at Almeria on Saturday, however the Argentine coach has persistently refused to rise to the bait repeatedly thrown to him by reporters after games. He informed his news convention ahead of Tuesday’s Copa del Rey semifinal second leg against Madrid that focusing on such external controversies didn’t help the group to win on the pitch.
“I don’t consider in excuses from outside,” Simeone said. “Specializing in these things simply wastes effort, it doesn’t assist the group win games. Issues occur and will occur once more. Take a look at the sport in Bilbao, and who’s taken out for a month for writing the referee’s report wrong. We must deal with bettering ourselves. I do not criticise refs for making errors towards us. I focus on my own work. These incidents are for you [the media].”
Atletico go into Tuesday’s sport three-0 down from last week’s first leg at Madrid’s Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, where Simeone’s side had been both out-thought and out-fought on the evening, with targeting of Diego Costa by Madrid defenders together with Alvaro Arbeloa highlighted by TELEVISION replays however unseen by the officers.
Arda Turan advised Atletico’s membership website that this scoreline had been harsh on his aspect, and he was nonetheless hopeful of overturning it within the return recreation.
“The result on the Bernabeu was harder than we deserved,” the Turkish playmaker mentioned. “But we’re Atletico and we by no means throw the towel. We are going to give our all in the return.”
Costa’s suspension, accidents to key players including Thibaut Courtois, David Villa, Filipe Luis and Tiago Mendes, and basic wear-and-tear mean Simeone is nonetheless prone to put out a under-power facet for the sport.
The XI tried by the Colchoneros coach at his last training session earlier than the sport contained just three of his first-alternative aspect, with reserves including keeper Dani Aranzubia, defenders Javi Manquillo, Toby Alderweireld and Emiliano Insua and midfielders Jose Sosa and Cebolla Rodriguez all tipped to feature.