Simeone pleased with Koke’s leadership qualities
Koke became Atletico Madrid’s record appearance maker in their 2-0 win over Sevilla on Saturday and Simeone showered praises on Koke.
After making his 554th appearance for Atletico as they humbled Sevilla on Saturday.
Koke has been very key in Simeone’s reign at Atletico as he has helped the team reach two champions league finals.
“It is difficult, in a short time, to express all the feelings I have for him, first as a person and then as a footballer,” Simeone told DAZN.
“He is a guy who gave himself, who never hesitated to commit first to Atletico, with his team-mates, with the coaching staff, and that is very difficult to see.
“He has been an exemplary captain for many years. It is not easy to maintain that place in a team like Atletico, with so much responsibility.
“He is very intelligent. I have always appreciated that he knows what has to be said, to whom, where and when. Then as a footballer he has given us a lot of things.
“He has given us hierarchy, work, strength, being able to generate a commitment as a team through the midfielders. Now I see him in an important role, hopefully I can develop it in the best way.”
He also had this to say when he was questioned on Llorente’s new position
“I am very happy for Llorente because it is a position that interests me, I like it, where I know he can do very well,” Simeone said.
“He has enormous power and also works for the team. He gives us a lot of speed up front.”
Llorente said Atleti could have won even more convincingly, but was pleased with their display, adding: “We are happy not only for the three points and the team’s victory, but also for the game.
“At the back we have been strong, we have had enough chances to have a bigger result. But 2-0 here in Seville is a good thing.
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