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Simeone praises Atletico’s battling spirit

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone actively praised the battling spirit of his side as they clinched a top-four finish in La Liga.

Los Rojiblancos, guided by the Argentinian, will participate in their 11th successive Champions League campaign next season, as he successfully steered them back on track in 2023.

Atletico found themselves in a tough spot before the World Cup due to a poor league form in the latter part of 2022, along with an early exit from the Champions League group stage.

However, Simeone and his players have demonstrated their trademark resilience by forcing their way back into the top four, concluding their recovery with a 3-0 victory over Almeria during the weekend.

Simeone has the potential to finish second with Atletico in La Liga

Furthermore In the race for second place, Atletico could still potentially surpass Real Madrid, and Simeone had a message for those who had doubted him and his squad.

The Argentine said: “In November we were told we were ‘almost dead’. We worked day after day, looking for what we could control.

“We worried about what we could improve. The boys followed the plan and we are still alive.”

Despite facing a challenging end to the season, Atletico head to face relegation-battling Espanyol in midweek, followed by final matches against Europe-chasing Real Sociedad and Villarreal.

Russell Murray
Russell Murray
Russell Murray is a passionate football journalist whose heart beats to the rhythm of the beautiful game. With an insatiable appetite for all things football, Russell is always seeking to capture the essence of the sport. Also, he strongly believes that Guti and Diego Milito never received the recognition they deserved for their contributions to football.
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