Simeone ‘fortunate’ to coach Atletico Madrid
"The coaches who have teams like the one I manage are fortunate. All coaches are better when the players are good. I have a very strong group that goes after an idea. There is a communion between fans, directors and players," Simeone said in a press conference held in China on Tuesday, reports Efe.
Atletico play against local side Shanghai SIPG in a pre-season friendly match later on Tuesday.
Simeone's squad is scheduled to face the Chinese team that is commanded by Swedish manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, who coached Simeone as a player for <g data-gr-id="21">Lazio,</g> when the Swede managed the Italian side between 1997 and 2001. Simeone praised Eriksson and said that he wants to give him a big hug when they meet on Tuesday, adding that he was an important coach for many of his players.
Atleti is scheduled to conclude its Asian tour on <g data-gr-id="31">Tuesday,</g> and then return to Madrid for more friendlies before the new La Liga season.