ONE System | 23/02/2021 00:00
The quarter-finals of the Champions League will continue tonight (Tuesday, 22:00) with a particularly intriguing battle, in which Atletico Madrid will meet Chelsea. Prior to the match, the man who played for both teams spoke and of course remembers well from his days with the Colchoneros – Luis Philippa.
The veteran Brazilian defender (35) currently plays for Flamengo, which is fighting for the championship title, talked about a variety of issues and once again referred to his former coach, Diego Simeone, when between the two it turns out that there was not much love: “Not easy to play for Simeone, he has no heart. He will show no mercy towards his player, he will just make decisions just to win without making any personal connection. Of course he recorded a huge achievement and the success of Atletico is thanks to him, we had good days, but he is not really an easy person. “
The period in Chelsea with Mourinho: “When I was on the bench I came to his game at one of the training sessions and asked‘ why did you bring me here? I would stay at Atletico. ‘ He said I should earn my place and that I should not have expected to be the first choice from the beginning. I felt betrayed, I did not want to train with him in a year. But in the end I stayed and we also won degrees. Eden Hazard? He is one of the best players I have played with, along with Neymar. “
Chelsea coach, Thomas Tuchel, Said ahead of the game: “This is a big test for us against a strong team and an excellent coach full of experience. We will play our way and try to achieve a good return result. ” In addition, the coach revealed: “When I was in Paris Saint-Germain we were interested in Luis Suarez, it is natural that he is one of the best strikers in the world. “He finally decided to stay in Spain and he shows his qualities.”
Simeone He said: “Against Levante we played a bad first half but the players tried and did everything to come back. This game is behind us and we are preparing for a very tough opponent, Suarez? He arouses concern in every opponent, I trust him he can win in every game. “Since Tuchel’s arrival at Chelsea, she has been playing good football, they have great potential and it is a difficult challenge.”