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Simeone – Everyone at Atleti “must look forward”

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 Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone wants everyone associated with the club to keep looking forward, after an all important win against Bilbao.

Los Rojiblancos ran out 2-0 winners yesterday against Athletic Bilbao.

The game at Wanda Metropolitano was watched by a packed house and the home fans were in fine voice to cheer on their team.

This dedication, devotion, and support does not go unnoticed by the Argentine.

His intentions now are to build on this momentum and go forward to bring the success that the clubs deserve.

In an interview reported by goal.com, Simeone is happy with his team’s progress but admits it is a work in progress.

He said:

“We have to be together forever.”

“We are a new team, with many new players. Today, for example, we had a backline of new signings.”

“We know what our aim is and we need the fans, directors, players, coaches to be like horses looking forward.”

He is adamant the fans are nothing short of amazing.

He added:

“The fans were extraordinary again.”

“They are the best around, as I’ve said before…180,000 people in three games.”

“It’s not easy to come to seven or nine games, but they are always there.”

“We, with total humility, aim to give our best, even though it doesn’t always come off.”

Simeone was full of praise for his players too,  feels that all too often though the results overshadow the efforts of his players.

He continued:

“Koke may have bad games, but he is always there, he covers well and he is important to the team.”

“[Correa] he has always been a striker.”

“We often put him in a place where he doesn’t feel comfortable but he puts in a great effort.”

“His natural position is a striker. ”

“In that position, he can better express his dribbling, his power, his turns – like the one for the first goal.”

“He is a player who has done very well.”

The result moves Atletico up to the second place in La Liga, as the Spanish top-flight starts to tak an all too familiar look.

The top three consists of Barcelona in first, Atletico Madrid in second and Real Madrid in third.

Expect the usual suspects to thrash out the pecking order of Spanish football over the coming months.