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Trapattoni: “I Love Simeone But ‘Tiki-Taka’ Sends Me To Sleep”

DIEGO-SIMEONEFormer Bayern Munich coach Giovanni Trapattoni has defended Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone ahead of the Champions League showdown with Pep Guardiola’s side:

“Simeone’s intensity means we’re in for a thrilling spectacle”

“I love Simeone, and I don’t think he would be offended if I said that his character is similar to mine, my teams had the same philosophy”, the Italian coach told AS.

Atleti have came under criticism at times this season for their style of play but Trapattoni insists that criticism is unmerited:

“I’m not going to name names, but there are some teams which play the ball around for half an hour without a single shot on goal… that sends me to sleep! I prefer Simeone’s way – a thousand times; he’s someone who goes right down to the grain and always promises a thrilling spectacle with his intensity. Saying that his side plays badly is a massive lie”.

Trapattoni enjoyed success during this three years in Munich winning the league, German Cup and German League Cup. He says that despite Atlético’s one-goal advantage from last week’s first leg, Simeone’s side will suffer in Munich:

“The strength to rise to the occasion and pull through in these big matches was ingrained in the DNA of my Bayern. For Simeone it’s going to be a very tough match, but anything could happen: 90 minutes at Bayern’s ground is a very long time”