Ex-Brazil international and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima has criticized Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone for his negative tactics. Although the 39-year-old praised the Argentinian’s talent, he was quick to mention that his tactics doesn’t define “good football” which he loves to see.
“I am in love with football that is played well. Simeone has an Argentinian temper and transmits that to his players. Things that I do not like, but he is a great coach.” Simeone said, as reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Goal.com.
Simeone will lead his team Atletico Madrid against city rivals Real Madrid in the Champions League Final set to be held at San Siro, Italy. The 46-year-old will look to overturn the previous result when both the teams played for the trophy in 2014, where Real triumphed.
Simeone is one of the most popular coaches of world football at the moment and is sought after by most of the big clubs of Europe. Atletico Madrid won the La Liga under his guidance in 2014 and will look to add their first Champions League trophy in the history of the club.
However, former World Cup winner and three-time World Player of the Year Ronaldo feels that Simeone’s brand of football is not entertaining and is not likeable. Ronaldo played alongside Simeone at Inter Milan and believes that the Argentine will go back to Inter one day.
It has to be noted that Simeone won the UEFA Cup with Inter back in 1997-98 season and has openly expressed his desire of managing them in the future. Ronaldo also agreed that the Atleti coach will go back one day considering him being “very close” with the club.
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