Atletico Madrid have not performed according to expectations in La Liga this season as they sit at the fourth spot, behind Valancia in the points table. Diego Simeone has now asked his players to treat next ten games of La Liga as a 10 finalsa and give their best.
Atletico Madrid are playing away against basement boys Cordoba on this weekend and Diego Simeoe believes that it could be a great opportunity to start a new winning streak.
a Ia ve always had the idea that we must play for the Atletico Madrid shirt. We have 10 finals remaining,a Diego Simeone said at a Press conference.
a You have to be more prepared than ever because [this stage of the season] is very difficult.
a We need to be at our best against Cordoba and compete with the intensity wea ve shown in recent games.a
The likes of Valencia, Sevilla and Villarreal have given Atletico Madrid a run for money this season and Diego Simeone believes that it is a good thing for La Liga.
a Valencia and Sevilla have improved tremendously, Villarreal are still looking up the table. This is good for competition in the League and hopefully it stays that way.
a The teams who have been fighting for third place are still improving. Hopefully our economic developments will make it even more fun.
a We competed very well in our last game against Real Sociedad. We had 10 men in that game and it spoke volumes about the competitive tension the Coach had instilled in them.a
Diego Simeone also said that contract renewal talks of Oscar Ortega and German Burgos are going according to the expectations. a Theya re formalising some details with the club.a
Meanwhile, Jose Luis Caminero, the Sporting Director of Atletico Madrid, has confirmed that Oliver Torres and Toby Alderweireld will remain at the club after finishing their loan spells at FC Porto and Southampton respectively.
Both Oliver Torres and Toby Alderweireld have performed exceptionally well for their respective clubs this season and some of the top European clubs are vying for their signature. But Atletico Madrid have confirmed it now that they will remain at the club.
a Our scouts monitor all our loanees in detail. Wea re very pleased with their overall performances and improvement,a Jose Luis Caminero said.
a Oliver Torres and Toby Alderweireld, for example, are having very good campaigns with Porto and Southampton and wea ll have them back for next season.a