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Simeone: Koke is a lad with a huge future

by Heath Chesters | Posted on Monday, January 27th, 2014

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone was happy with the display from his team, particularly after having to change things around, when Tiago was injured warming up ahead of the game and Óliver dislocated his shoulder, moments after coming on as a second half substitute.

Diego SimeoneFollowing the 2-4 win in Vallecas against Rayo Vallecano, Diego Simeone was pleased with not only the performance of his Atlético Madrid team, but how his players adapted and overcame injury problems, before and during the match.

“It was a difficult game, at a complicated Venue, because Rayo are a courageous team, regardless of the results they’ve had. We had a good first half-hour, but after that they balanced their play and scored their goal. 1-3 at the interval wasn’t bad. In the second half it was difficult to control their attacking movement. This is a very positive result for us. We had the injury of Thiago before the game, the penalty, what happened to Óliver. This is a team of men that had to negotiate a difficult game this evening and we had to shuffle things around.”

Óliver Torres was incredibly unfortunate, after coming on as a second half substitute, but dislocating his shoulder in a matter of moments into the action. Simeone assured that despite that, the young midfielder will be fine, whilst also suggesting that the last minute change in the starting eleven of Koke for Tiago, was a precautionary measure.

“Óliver suffered a dislocated shoulder, but he’s a young and strong lad and he’ll recover well. Tiago suffered a little discomfort warming up and we didn’t want to risk it, but he’ll be fine for Wednesday.”

Sosa also impressed Simeone with his performances, hinting that there’ll be more action for the Argentine attacking midfielder in the coming games.

“He was central in all our action for most of the first half. His awareness with the pass to set up Arda’s goal was extraordinary. All he needs is a little more continuity of play.”

Making his 100th appearance for Atlético, Koke was also a figure of fond praise from Simeone.

“He’s a lad with a huge future, who gives us many options in our play and is a great example for the kids that want to push through from the youth teams.”

Finally, with Courtois making important saves, including a penalty from Viera, Simeone believes that the Belgian goalkeeper has a fantastic future ahead of him, because of his professionalism, desire and determination.

“He can go as far as he wants to. Tomorrow he’ll be training hard again. He never rests, because he always wants to improve himself. He made a good save with the penalty.”

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