Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone expresses disdain, saying, “Thank you La Liga, thank you RFEF” in a derisive manner.
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has once again publicly criticized the Spanish football authorities, sparing neither the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) nor La Liga from his criticism.
Simeone criticized the RFEF for not rescheduling their Copa del Rey semi-final first leg from Wednesday to Thursday last week. He argued that it was unfair for Athletic Club to play on Friday and have more rest, while Atletico played on Sunday.
Diego Simeone: My players are doing an extraordinary job
Following their defeat to Sevilla on Sunday night, Simeone remained optimistic about his players, attributing their disappointing away form to poor finishing. Los Rojiblancos are positioned as a midtable side away from home, having won just 6 of their 12 away games in La Liga.
“I am proud of the footballers. They are doing an extraordinary job. At this moment there are no words to explain the effort they made in the two matches to be able to tie or win the match. I understand that football has these twists and turns. The goals will come when they have to arrive.” Diego Simeone told Cadena SER.
Ahead of their Champions League Round of 16 first leg with Inter Milan, Simeone expressed frustration with the calendar once again.
“Inter play on Friday. We play on Saturday. But hey, don’t worry. Thanks to La Liga, thanks to the Federation, we are going to continue moving forward just the same.”
Los Rojiblancos face Las Palmas at home on Saturday afternoon in the early kick-off, giving the Italian side around 16 hours of extra rest ahead of their clash on Tuesday. Undoubtedly, the scheduling has become increasingly challenging for all sides involved, and Simeone is not the only one expressing his frustrations. However, his league rivals may argue that Simeone has more than double the resources of the vast majority of his competition to handle those demands.