Diego Simeone

Simeone is Atletico’s Fergie – Griezmann

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Antoine Griezmann believes that Diego Simeone’s “historic” work at Atletico Madrid is comparable to the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson’s accomplishments at Manchester United

The Argentine coach has won both La Liga and the Europa League for the club since his arrival in 2011 and could be set to win second piece of silverware in Europe for Atletico, should they defeat Marseille in tonight’s final.

Griezmann, who is expected to leave the club for Barcelona at the end of the season, has hailed Simeone’s work at Madrid and believes that his achievements can be compared to those of Ferguson’s at United.

“I’ll always be there to help him,” said the Frenchman, according to Sky Sports.

“What ‘Cholo’ (Simeone) is doing for the club is historic,”

“It’s like what (Sir Alex) Ferguson did with Manchester United and hopefully he will win trophies and take the team to the top level because he deserves it.

“I hope he will make history with the club because, thanks to him, we are here.”

The 27-year-old feels that Simeone is tactically and defensively the best coach in world football and has played a key role in his development as a footballer since his arrival from Real Sociedad in 2014.

“You learn a lot under (Simeone). I think he’s the best tactical and defensive coach in the world and he shows that year in, year out. It’s a joy to work with him,” said Griezmann.

“He identifies every player’s weaknesses and tries to improve them, making you a more complete player.

“He has helped me grow both on a personal and professional level. He will always ask for the best of me and make me do my best, and I’ll always be there to help him and help win the games.”